Like many of my friends and colleagues, whether they identify as LGBT, or as allies, I have been horrified and saddened by the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando this past weekend. We have witnessed the ugly intersection of terrorism and hatred toward our community.
We remember in our hearts our sisters and brothers who were targeted simply for being LGBT in Orlando. It is an all-too-real reminder that our struggle for equality and acceptance remains an uphill battle, despite amazing legal and social victories.
On behalf of the Colorado LGBT Bar Association, I would like to express my deepest condolences to those affected by the Orlando shooting over the weekend. Our love, thoughts, and prayers are with you.
June is our month of Pride. It is a time where our community traditionally gathers in solidarity to celebrate who we are and bring awareness of our lives to the greater public. May we not be overcome by fear of those who senselessly wish to harm us. I encourage our Colorado LGBT Bar Association members and allies to attend PrideFest this weekend. May we take this opportunity to celebrate our community and remember the thousands who have given their lives in the name of LGBT rights across America and around the world.
Bryon M. Large, President
Colorado LGBT Bar Association
June 13, 2016