The Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation (@The LGBT Center) joins 122 national LGBT community centers signing an open letter calling for action after the Orlando shooting. See the full letter and list of signers here.
Statement from David Brustein
Chairperson, Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and families of the senseless violence toward the gay community in Orlando. We gathered at the statue of Gandhi on June 12 to rededicate ourselves to his message of non-violent protest in the face of bigotry. We act in solidarity with the entire LGBTQ community in Hawaii and encouraged all to attend one of the numerous vigils, services and rallies held across the islands. Now is the time for us to come together to show our strength, resilience and love.”
Hawaii News Now interviewed board member Scott Larimer to discuss the LGBTQ community’s reaction to the Orlando shooting.
KITV’s June 12 story “Candlelight vigil at Kapiolani Park honors Orlando shooting victims” noted that “as people gathered together to light their candles, it was a message of peace.”
“Jurgen Steinmetz, co-founder of LGBT Hawaii was in the studio… the LGBT Democratic Caucus hosted a rally at Honolulu Hale…a candlelight vigil was held at the Gandhi statue in Kapiolani Park…and Calvary By the Sea church scheduled an extra service Sunday evening. ‘It’s incumbent on us to really confront any kind of racism, homophobia, prejudice that we have in our communities every day,’ said Jacce Mikulanec, a member of the group Equality Hawaii.”
The Gay Men’s Chorus of Honolulu [GMCOH] perform “Over the Rainbow” in the studios at Hawaii News Now in anticipation of their upcoming concert on Sunday, June 19 at the Hawaii Theatre.
An event hosted by Marina Del Rey, Kaheaonalani Kaleimamahu, Alanna N. Colson and Visaluana Castillo. “An effort to honor our brothers and sisters in Orlando and revive strength and support for those needing comfort within community.”
“To raise funds for the victims and families of the horrific Orlando Pulse Nightclub Shooting.”
This gofundme campaign is breaking records and you can contribute by clicking here.
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“How can I hate them, when everybody’s got a pulse?” singer-songwriter asks in new song. Listen to Melissa Etheridge’s chilling ‘Pulse’ on SoundCloud dedicated to Orlando victims. Read the interview with Etheridge in Rolling Stone.