This weekend in #Charlottesville, we saw a group of white supremacists use violent words, and even more violent behavior, to ridicule, harass, debase, and injure people of color, people of the Jewish faith, and other marginalized communities. Thousands took to the street, including allies, one of whom, #HeatherHeyer, was killed in an act of what many people, including Virginia Gov. McAuliffe, are rightly calling domestic terrorism. We mourn her death, as well as those of the two state troopers who died in the line of duty.
To add insult to literal injury, our own President took more than 48 hours to call the perpetrators--white supremacists, Nazis, and the KKK--and their actions repugnant, and this only after two days of leaders from across the country doing so themselves.
We will not equivocate:
PFLAGers everywhere, #LGBTQ and ally, denounce the actions of the hateful cowards who came to Charlottesville with the intent to demoralize and harm, and we align ourselves with all marginalized communities. The vile rhetoric may be loud, but our love is louder, and our numbers many times greater. We will unite in that love, and with our numbers, to stay strong and speak out loud against white supremacy, anti-semitism, and bigotry in all forms. #love#beautiful#loveoverhate
We all must condemn the acts of violence and terrorism. And then we must follow up our disgust and outrage with action. Educate. Donate. Speak up. Stand on the right side of history. #Charlottesville
We are excited to announce our partnership with @therainbowlettersproject, an initiative to generate healing and empathy around the topic of #LGBTQ family through the art of letter-writing. Originally designed to increase visibility for children and adults with LGBTQ parents, The Rainbow Letters is now expanding its audience and calling for letters written by anyone who is or has family members who are LGBTQ. A handful of letters from our program #ANoteToMyKid will be the final letters published in their first collection, the #ARainbowLetterADay campaign. Keep a lookout for these letters coming in the next week!