Statement from Co Dubuque

We at Co Dubuque, as members of the Dubuque LGBTQ+ community, are horrified by the attack at Pulse early Sunday morning. Pulse is a gay club in Orlando, and the death of 49 of our community members and wounding of 53 more in one of the few spaces where it is safe to be out, cuts us deeply. The ripples of this act touches us all, including our youth and allies. The club was celebrating Latin night; most of those killed were LGBTQ people of color. We stand in solidarity with the Orlando LGBTQ+ community and with local community members who are affected by this attack. We also stand against hatred of all forms—this includes homophobia, transphobia, and Islamophobia. We ask members of our community and our supporters to seek ways to challenge and eliminate these forms of hatred, and to help the healing process by spreading love and compassion for all.

To help, become involved with the local LGBTQ+ community and communities of color. Educate yourselves about the history of violence which affects these populations. Speak up when people make statements which spread hate. Advocate for system change with our local organizations and institutions.

Although Dubuque has a smaller community, we have resources for youth and adults to process these events. People of the local LGBTQ+ community are banding together to provide support. On Sunday night, several individuals came together to process the events with art. Tonight (Monday), there is a community dialogue at the Multicultural Family Center 6 pm – 8 pm. We also invite the Dubuque community to show their solidarity with the local LGBTQ+ community by attending the “Come Out and Pride” event this Saturday, June 18th, at the Smokestack.

The acts this weekend echo decades of subtle and overt discrimination; however, we will continue to navigate and fight these challenges. As the community recovers from this senseless act of violence, we must remember that hate cannot overcome hate, and that the acts of one individual are not representative of an entire population. We are a resilient group, and we shall heal and overcome.

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