OIIR Statement in Response to the Pulse Orlando Mass Shooting

June 13, 2016

We are still shocked at the senseless violence at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando early Sunday morning that killed 50 people and injured more than 50 others. We stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ and Latinx communities, along with all who are affected by this horrific event.

We know the limits of these types of statements at moments such as these. They are written out of our own disbelief while we try to process the same incomprehensible news stories as you. They are also an attempt to speak out, to reach out, to connect and mourn. But mostly, these statements attempt to express resolve, that the responses to these violent events will not divide our communities or our campus.

In the aftermath of the mass shooting at Pulse Orlando, violence aimed at one community cannot become proxy to attack another. We mourn the lives lost, and commit to the work needed to change the conditions that allow this violence to happen. A statement alone is inadequate to challenge homophobia, Islamophobia, racism, and hatred. A statement alone is not enough. We need to come together to build spaces in which people can experience support and safety in expressing who they are without fear of violence.

The heightened rhetoric after a devastating act of violence has a powerful pull, and in the desire to understand what has happened, separating facts from speculation can be difficult. We are here throughout the summer as a resource to the University of Illinois community, and to do whatever we can to counter messages of fear with support and caring.

The Champaign-Urbana Vigil to Remember Orlando will be Tuesday, June 14th, 7pm at West Side Park in Champaign. In addition, the LGBT Resource Center and La Casa Cultural Latina are open this week for anyone who wishes to talk and gather.

In Solidarity,

Leslie K. Morrow
LGBT Resource Center

Dr. Gioconda Guerra Perez
La Casa Cultural Latina

Dr. David Chih
Asian American Cultural Center

Ross Wantland
Diversity & Social Justice Education

Jamie Singson
Native American House

Pat Morey
Women's Resources Center

Dr. Gigi Secuban
Interim Director, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center
Director, Office of Inclusion & Intercultural Relations
Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs



Tuesday, June 14th, 7 pm to 8:30 pm
West Side Park, Gazebo
400 W. University Ave., Champaign
Sponsored by the UP Center, LGBT Resource Center, and Champaign City Council Member Matthew Gladney


Campus Resources
Drop in spaces
LGBT Resource Center
Room 323 Illini Union
Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm

La Casa Cultural Latina
1203 West Nevada Street, Urbana
Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm

Counseling Center

The UP Center of Champaign County

Equality Illinois

Resources for Alumni in Central Florida
Equality Florida Statement and Updates on Mass Shooting
Includes a list of vigils across the state

OneBlood Orlando
To donate blood, OneBlood Orlando currently recommends making an appointment online or by calling. Follow updates on Twitter.

The Zebra Coalition
The Zebra Coalition® is a network of Central Florida social service providers, government agencies, schools, and colleges and universities that provide a full continuum of services to at-risk LGBT+ youth. The Coalition assists young people facing homelessness; bullying; physical, sexual and drug abuse; and isolation from their families with individualized programs to guide them to recovery and stability.

City of Orlando Victims’ Names
This list of individuals includes victims who have lost their lives, and next of kin have been contacted.

Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement
Familia: TQLM is the only national organization that addresses, organizes, educates, and advocates for the issues most important to our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) and Latino communities. Familia: TQLM is inclusive and serves of all LGBTQ Latinos, Latinas, and gender nonconforming individuals. We also collaborate with non-LGBTQ families and friends who support our vision of a united LGBTQ Latino and Latina community.

President Obama on the Tragic Shooting in Orlando