Trans Latin@ Coalition South Florida and Trans United Fund Statement on Mass Shooting in Orlando LGBT Club

Contact: Cathy Renna, 917-757-6123,

WASHINGTON, DC, June 12, 2016 – The following can be attributed to Arianna Lint, CEO and Founder of Ariann@’s Center, Trans Latina@ Coalition SF Chapter and Trans United Fund board member.

“Many of us were prepared to celebrate Pride today, but instead our hearts are aching for our friends, family and community who have experienced such a horrific act of violence. I was awakened this morning by calls and messages about loved ones who had been injured and friends frantic for news of one another’s safety.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with those who are mourning loved ones and with the injured. Although the details of motive and actor are still emerging, we remain more resolved than ever to live our lives fully, proudly and unapologetically and to refuse to violence and tragedy to be used as an excuse to demonize other communities.”

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