Mayor Goodman’s Statement On Orlando Shooting

“On Sunday, I contacted Mayor Buddy Dyer of Orlando to express our deepest sympathies and support from Las Vegas. In a similar way, I attended the vigil Sunday night in downtown Las Vegas to remember the victims and to support the LGBTQ community. While I have been a longtime supporter of banning assault weapons, the vigil was not the time or the place for political argument or discussion. I wanted to honor those we lost. As we did following September 11, our nation will pull together after this horrendous tragedy, and working with law enforcement, I know hate will never triumph.”

— Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman

Messages of Support from Local Organizations in Wake of Orlando Tragedy

 

The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada

Our community [on the morning of June 12] woke up to the sickening and sad news of the tragedy at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. We are sickened by the heinous nature of the shooting. We are saddened because we have lost brothers and sisters who are like ourselves.

Our community stands in solidarity with the victims and their families and the entire LGBTQ community. As an act of reverence for their lives, in solidarity, our community is coming together June 12 at 7pm at The Center to mourn the loss of those who have lost their lives and encourage support of those who are fighting for their lives.

This incident also, once again, raises our awareness to the availability and accessibility of guns in our society, especially guns of a semi-automatic nature. We call out to our political leadership to respond to the cries of thousands, perhaps millions of people calling for greater gun control.

Equality Florida, the state’s LGBTQ civil rights organization, has set up a GoFundMe page to help raise funds for the victims and families of the horrific shooting at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub. Please donate if you are able: https://www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund

 

Muslim Council of America Foundation

Muslim Council of America (Nevada Chapter) condemns the heinous act of violence in Florida on LGBT community. Mr. Omar Mateen, the killer, said that he was inspired by ISIS. Our Council wants to make it very clear that not only we condemn his action but also condemns the ideology of ISIS. ISIS are the thugs that have taken the innocent citizens of Iraq and Syria hostage. They have no place in modern society and should be defeated by all diplomatic & military means.

Mr. Mateen, in our opinion, was driven by hate and his action inspired by the worst ideology and should be condemned by all humans regardless of race, religion or ethnicity.

We stand together, shoulder to shoulder, with the LGBT community. We pray together for the victims of this senseless murder. Las Vegas LGBT community will always find the local Muslim Community standing next to them may it be in joy or unfortunately, as today, in sorrow.

 

Centerlink: The Community of LGBT Centers

The news of the Orlando shooting at Pulse, a popular LGBT bar, has stunned and saddened all this morning. With news of 50 people dead, and more wounded, June 12 will be forever etched in our communities' history as a day of grief. CenterLink, the community of LGBT Centers, stands with LGBT leadership and our many allies across the country in expressing our deep sadness at this horrific event.
 
The GLBT Community Center of Orlando opened immediately and has therapists onsite offering free grief counseling for community members. People have been streaming in all day to the Center. If locals are interested in helping, representatives have said donations of food and water are welcome. "The National Association of Social Workers Florida has responded directly offering volunteer therapists in Orlando," reports CenterLink Executive Director, Terry Stone, "we are grateful for their support in this time of crisis. We are also grateful for every single mental health provider who publicly lists themselves as LGBT welcoming; our communities will need you."
 
"Tragedies like this have a profound impact across all of our population," says Dr. Scout, Director of LGBT HealthLink at CenterLink. "My heart is with everyone in Orlando and I am also very concerned about the associative trauma on LGBT people everywhere hearing this news. We urge LGBTQ people across the world today to take care of your own mental health; you may not be close to Orlando but we cannot underestimate the toll events like this take on our lives. If you are an ally, now is the time to stand up and show your support."
 
Many LGBT community centers are opening their doors today to provide support for local community members and allies. "LGBT community centers are the gathering points for people in times of celebration and in times of crisis like today," says Mr. Stone. The Pride Center in Ft. Lauderdale and Equality Florida have already announced vigils. Consult the listings of of local LGBT community centers at lgbtcenters.org or equality organizations at equalityfederation.org for more information about local responses.
 
"As we hold the people in Orlando in the light today, let us also take care of ourselves," concludes Mr. Stone. In the words of Terry DeCarlo, the Executive Director of the GLBT Community Center of Orlando, "We're here."

 

Las Vegas Pride

Dear Family and Friends

Today is a horrific day for the citizens of the United States and particularly the LGBT Community. The act of violence that was carried out in Orlando this morning is the countries worst massacre. On behalf of the Southern Nevada Association of Pride, Inc, we express our sincerest condolences to the victims, family members, friends and those who witnessed this senseless act of violence. May those who lost their lives rest in peace and those injured have a speedy and full recovery.

A time such as this calls for our community to band together more than ever as a family and show our love and support. It is a time to love each other as people and reflect just how dangerous and deadly HATE is, and the results it produces.
We don't yet have all the facts behind the motive and must not focus on speculation, rather focus on being vigilant and if you see something out of the ordinary and your instinct is telling you something is off, please say something to our local or federal authorities. Violence like this must stop and often is stopped by vigilant citizens.

June is the official Pride month designated by President Obama. This weekend alone we have more than a dozen Pride celebrations taking place across the country. Although these celebrations of who we are and the value we bring as a community will be somber as we reflect on our brothers and sisters who lost their lives or were injured last night, we must still come together as one. We must embrace all of our LGBT Community and Allies as one community and continue the conversations about ending the hate against our community and live as one. We must strive to accomplish a life where everyone enjoys full equality.
Our hearts, love and prayers go to the city of Orlando and the victims of last night. We are here and stand with you!

James Healey
President, Las Vegas Pride

 

Masjid Ibrahim

Masjid Ibrahim is an independent local non-profit mosque and religious center open to all members of the community.
 
On June 12, 2016, a horrendous act of terror occurred targeting members of the LGBTQ community in Orlando, FL.  Too often, such acts have involved purported Muslim attackers and more often than not, these same attackers have attempted to justify their horrendous and cowardly actions by invoking faith, the same faith that our late hero Muhammad Ali invoked while refusing to enter into armed conflict.
 
There remains no question that the heinous act committed yesterday was cowardly, pathetic, disgraceful, and the antithesis of what we promote at Masjid Ibrahim.  We maintain active ties to law enforcement and constantly do our utmost to ensure that we promote peace and harmony.  While those adopting radical views are unlikely to ever attend our mosque based on our message of love, we must assert that we stand in full solidarity with the people in Orlando, FL affected by this attack, and absolutely condemn any attack on our LGBTQ brothers and sisters worldwide.

 

Anti-Defamation League

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is shocked and horrified at the heinous attack at The Pulse nightclub in Orlando, targeting the LGBT community.
 
The investigation into this attack is still underway and law enforcement authorities have yet to definitively comment on the killer’s motivation. The Anti-Defamation League has contacted the lead investigating agencies to offer our support and resources into investigating the incident, described as terror, and the alleged perpetrator, whom law enforcement has identified as Omar Mateen of Port St. Lucie, Fl.
 
ADL Florida Regional Director Hava L. Holzhauer commented, “We have seen brutal acts of violence and terror take lives from Brussels to South Carolina, and from Tel Aviv now to Orlando.
 
The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community should know they do not stand alone. We mourn the victims of this calamity, and offer our deepest condolences to the victims, the wounded, their families, and loved ones.
 
As we have just marked the beginning of Pride month, together as a society we stand resolute that hate shall not diminish the pride of tolerance, the pride of acceptance, and the pride of unity.
 
We also extend our deepest respect and esteem to the Orlando Police Department, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigations, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for their valiant efforts to ensure a swift response and putting their lives on the line to save as many people as they could.”

 

Jewish Federation of Las Vegas

The Jewish Federation of Las Vegas stands with you and all others who stand against hatred and bigotry of any kind. Please let me know if there is more that we can do as an organization and Jewish community to assist in your efforts moving forward. Again, we are with you and will continue to pray for a day when we can all live in peace.

 

Congregation P'Nai Tikvah

The words of the Asseret HaDibrot/the Ten Commandments read in synagogues all over the world this morning were particularly meaningful on this Shavuot dayin the shadow of the horrendous terrorist attack this morning in Orlando, Florida.  "Thou shalt not murder" we are told....and yet, once again murder has been perpetrated.  It is the Muslim month of Ramadan, a time when Muslims pray for peace....and yet, once again Islam has been perverted and death and pain has come.  It is a time when the LGBTQ community has been celebrating Gay Pride, around the world...and yet, once again, the unthinkable has targeted the LGBTQ community.  Fifty people are dead; over 50 people are wounded, many critically. Unthinkable!

We in the Jewish community are still reeling from the terrorist attack a few days ago in Tel Aviv...and now this.  We are stunned, grieving, despondent, angry, but we must not succumb to fear or hatred.
 
We pray that there will not be repercussions taken against the Muslim community.  We pray that healing will come to those who were wounded.  We mourn those who were so heinously murdered and pray for their souls and the well-being of their families.  And we beg those in power to finally do something to curb the availability of automatic weaponry.
 
There will be a prayer vigil at 7:00 p.m. this evening at the Center, 401 South Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89101.  Ordinarily I would neither be on the internet nor traveling on Shavuot...but this is no ordinary Shavuot.  If you can, I invite you to join me at the prayer vigil this evening. Pray for peace. Pray for safety.
 
L'Shalom al kol ha-olam....
Rabbi Yocheved Mintz

The Community That Works Together, Thrives Together

A few short weeks after I was appointed the CEO of The Center, I was visited by Gary Vrooman of the Lambda Business Association. Gary, a veteran in the LGBTQ community, spoke fondly of the many years that he had been involved in LGBTQ affairs. He was a pioneer of the movement in Southern California.

He came to me with a suggestion. “It is time,” he said, “that we all come together in a larger way to serve the LGBTQ community in Southern Nevada. It is time that we bring all LGBTQ organizations together.” He spoke firsthand of other communities in Southern California promoting a wider and broader collaboration. The gay and lesbian community centers in those areas were the catalyst of that collaboration. They were the hub of that collaboration.

I have never let go of Gary’s vision for a better community here in Southern Nevada. In my perception, the LGBTQ community here is made up of a variety of diverse well-intentioned organizations, serving a variety of needs and providing a variety of services. But in many ways as I soon perceived, many of these organizations did their good work in silos. There was very little cross-communication. I did not see the type of community-building collaboration that Vrooman envisioned. That was a role of The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada since our mission is to serve and advocate for all without exception.