(Chicago) – Center on Halsted expresses our dismay and sadness at the mass shooting incident in Orlando, Florida. Once again, lives of our community members are lost due to hate and intolerance. As president Obama stated this “act of terror” and “act of hate” targeted a place of “solidarity and empowerment” for the LGBTQ community.

Words cannot expressed the deep sadness that follows the loss of innocent lives that were full of possibilities, which we will not be able to witness their future and experience their full potential. Words cannot either express the anger and disappointment that follows an incident that reminds us of the level of hate and intolerance that continues to exist in this world. It also reminds us that isolated acts of violence and hate also continue to happen every single day in silence.

We stand against all forms of hatred. We recognize that while love is stronger than hate, the effects of trauma may be exponential especially within the LGBTQ community. Center on Halsted’s Behavioral Health Department and Anti-Violence Project are available to offer ongoing support to persons impacted by senseless yet targeted violence. Not only those impacted by the shooting in Orlando, but anyone who has been targeted or know of someone who has been assaulted as a result of their sexual, gender, physical, and/or religious identities. If you or someone you know may benefit from support around this please contact the LGBTQ Violence Resource Hotline in Chicago at 773.871.CARE. We provide legal resources, brief counseling, and linkage to other services in Chicagoland that are LGBTQ competent. In addition, you may call our Behavioral Health Resource line at 773.472.6469 ext 460, or State of Illinois AIDS/HIV & STD Hotline 800-AID-AIDS/800-243-2437

We join the family members and friends of the victims, the LGBTQ community, and the world in mourning these lives. Together we must mourn and together we must act to mass shootings and gun violence. May these individuals rest in peace.

Howard Brown and The Center on Halsted are offering drop in support sessions over the next couple of weeks for the community to access:

  • Tuesday, June 14th & June 21st, 6pm-8pm at the Brown Elephant located at 3020 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657
  • Thursday June 16th & 23rd, 5pm-7pm at The Center on Halsted located at 3656 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60613

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