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June 13, 2016: Special Edition

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Special Edition: June 13, 2016
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We Are Orlando

Emily Brown
First, I want to acknowledge that it's going to be hard for a lot of people to go to work this week. To our local LGBTQ+ communities, especially QTPOC communities, I offer my sincere condolences following the violence in Orlando. There are just no words to adequately express the depth of this tragedy.

To the many allies out there, this email is for you. Here are some ways you can engage in the coming weeks to show your support for Atlanta's diverse and vibrant LGBTQ communities.

1. Go to Tuesday night's #WeAreOrlando vigil. Join communities across Atlanta for a vigil at the Center for Civil & Human Rights on Tuesday, 6/14 at 7pm. Click here to join and share the Facebook event. This is a FREE event open to all.

2. Donate to the victims of this tragedy through the page set up and administered by Equality Florida by clicking here.

3. Add your organization's name to this letter of solidarity created as a community response to the violence. The letter describes that this was an attack on LGBTQ communities and Latino LGBTQ communities in particular, and discourages a hateful, xenophobic (specifically Islamophobic) response that fuels further polarizing rhetoric.

4. Have resources available for the folks in your organization who might be hurting today. There is a community healing event going on next Monday, 6/20 at 7pm at the Phillip Rush Center (1530 Dekalb Ave.) In the meantime, give people time, space and a listening ear if they want to talk. Be mindful when talking about this incident. Using violent or graphic language, showing or sharing graphic or violent stories or images may be triggering to those close to the incident or those who have experienced related trauma. Show explicit support to the LGBTQ community as opposed to broad support for "those affected." Erasure of identity is another form of violence often experienced by LGBTQ communities.

5. Make your organization a safer place! The Atlanta Coalition for LGBTQ Youth's next meeting is Tuesday, 6/21 11:00am to 1:30pm at the Phillip Rush Center (1530 Dekalb Ave NE). This meeting will cover ways that service organizations can improve the services they provide to LGBTQ+ youth and can integrate youth-friendly HIV services into their practice. Register here. Lunch is provided.

6. Attend and support LGBTQ+ Pride gatherings in Atlanta. Southern Fried Queer Pride, Atlanta Black Gay Pride and Atlanta Pride festivals this summer and fall. These community events will undoubtedly experience increased security this year, but attending and enjoying yourself will demonstrate that our communities will not be silenced by the threat of violence.

There are lots of other ways to get involved. Please check in regularly and let me know if there's anything you need to support your journey through allyship.

Thank you <3

Emily Halden Brown
She/Her Pronouns
Georgia Equality
Phillip Rush Center

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Ajay Nair and Bridgette Young Ross

Dear Emory Community,
We are stunned by the horrible and senseless shooting in Orlando on Sunday morning. We extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the victims. We also offer our profound condolences and caring support to all members of our university community who are grappling with this tragedy.

This tragedy reminds us that we must not allow terrorism and hate to change who we are—a campus community that strives anew every day to be ever more welcoming to all, regardless of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disability, religion, ideology, or the many other distinctions that make us unique individuals.

If you are struggling with the tragedy in Orlando, please remember that you do not have to face it alone. We in Emory Campus Life offer our support in various forms. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers confidential individual and group counseling for students. The Faculty Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) provides similar services for employees. For a more complete list of resources, visit

Here are some ways you can help others:

• Attend a community gathering at Cannon Chapel
on the Atlanta campus, Tuesday, June 14, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event is cosponsored by Emory's Office of Spiritual and Religious Life (OSRL) and two Emory Campus Life offices—Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Life (LGBT) and Multicultural Programs and Services (OMPS).

• Participate in the #WeAreOrlando gathering at the Center for Civil and Human Rights
in downtown Atlanta, Tuesday, June 14, at 7:00 p.m. Check the center's website for details.

• Join the Emory Muslim Students Association
to provide donations to families of victims and survivors.

• Write to the families of victims and survivors
on Tuesday, June 21, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., in the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Life (LGBT) in DUC E232, and from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in OMPS in DUC E207.

Emory University is a polycultural community that celebrates the intersections of identities and respects the diversity that strengthens our community and society. We stand in solidarity with the people of Orlando and with the LGBT, Latinx, and Muslim communities on our campus, in Florida, nationwide, and worldwide.

Ajay Nair
Senior Vice President and Dean of Campus Life

Bridgette Young Ross
Dean of the Chapel and Spiritual Life

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