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  • LGBT Organizations Issue Joint Statement In Support Of Michael Brown's Family

    Seventeen LGBT organizations are among the first to sign onto a letter demonstrating support for the family of Michael Brown, the unarmed Black teenager who was shot to death by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, on Saturday.

    Noting that "all movements of equality are deeply connected," and lamenting that "there is something profoundly wrong in our country," the Human Rights Campaign and 16 other LGBT organizations have jointly signed a letter expressing support for the family of Michael Brown.

    Brown was an 18-year old college-bound student who was gunned down by a police officer on Saturday, in Ferguson, Missouri. He was unarmed and was shot multiple times. Some reports state his hands were in the air when he was shot. Attorney General Eric Holder has announced the federal government will be investigating the shooting. Police have refused to release the name of the officer. Local law enforcement claim Brown was shot while attempting to grab a police officer's gun, but witnesses dispute the claim.

    Here's the full text of the letter, via HRC. We'll update this report with the names of any additional organizations as they sign on.

     

    August 12, 2014

    When communities experience fear, harassment and brutality simply because of who they are or how they look, we are failing as a nation. In light of the recent events in Missouri, it is clearer than ever that there is something profoundly wrong in our country.

    The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community cannot be silent at this moment, because LGBT people come from all races, creeds, faiths and backgrounds, and because all movements of equality are deeply connected. We are all part of the fabric of this nation and the promise of liberty and justice for all is yet to be fulfilled.

    The LGBT community stands with the family of Michael Brown, who was gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri. We stand with the mothers and fathers of young Black men and women who fear for the safety of their children each time they leave their homes. We call on the national and local media to be responsible and steadfast in their coverage of this story and others like it--racialized killings that have marred this nation since the beginning of its history. We call on policy makers on all levels of American government not to shrink from action, and we are deeply grateful to Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice for their immediate commitment to a thorough investigation.

    At this moment, we are inspired by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies ... but the silence of our friends.”

    ACLU
    Center for Black Equity, Inc.
    Equality Federation
    Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)
    GLAAD
    GMHC
    Human Rights Campaign
    National Black Justice Coalition
    National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)
    National Center for Transgender Equality
    National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
    National Minority AIDS Council
    National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) PFLAG National
    Pride at Work, AFL-CIO
    Soulforce
    Southerners on New Ground (SONG)
    United AIDS 

     

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    • commented 2014-08-24 20:44:00 -0400
      Good. The LGBT community thinks it struggles now. Wait until the truth all comes out and they now are found to be backing a thief that attacked a police officer. Way to set your cause back a few more years.

    • commented 2014-08-18 13:32:14 -0400
      Joseph Benning, there is a poor-grain video of two males (allegedly) who are robbing a store. There is no clear identification of Brown being involved. Even if there was how does an attempted theft merit a death sentence by six bullets including eye penetration, a shot to the head, three on the arm, etc. The officer, originally identified by Anonymous, is now admitted by the police to be the executioner. I support Holder on this one.

    • commented 2014-08-18 12:43:14 -0400
      How nice. Guess you all forgot that idiot and a friend of his robbed a store earlier. Therefore I would be surprised if he didn’t try to take a gun away from a police officer. He was a known bully so……..guess you idiots support that kind of nonsense. When will you learn.

    • commented 2014-08-13 01:26:22 -0400
      Wow! This is beautiful!

    • commented 2014-08-12 20:11:28 -0400
      The police department and entire police force of Ferguson, Missouri must be investigated, the executioner of the young college-bound student charged with murder and brought to public trial, and the coverup revealed. It is absurd to think that an 18 year old would struggle for a gun when he was standing with his hands in the air as eyewitnesses concur and have voiced publicly. It is right that the US Attorney General’s office is officially investigating the senseless crime.

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