OMAR MATEEN was killed by ORLANDO police after he called 911 and pledged allegiance to ISIS.
ITP V.016 EDITORS NOTE: It's been a very tragic weekend..ITP V.016 stands with the LGBTQ community, against violence, pro marriage equality and pro club safety. Condolences to all of those whom perished at CLUB PULSE.
FROM U.S. WHITE HOUSE:
"In the face of hate and violence, we will love another. We will not give in to fear or turn against each other. Instead, we will stand united, as Americans, to protect our people, and defend our nation, and to take action against those who threaten us." —President Obama on the tragic shooting in Orlando: http://go.wh.gov/ab6dbt
FROM U.S. VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN:
Vice President Joe Biden released a powerful statement about the Orlando nightclub tragedy. "These prayers are not enough to end these kinds of senseless mass shootings. The violence is not normal, and the targeting of our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans is evil and abhorrent." #orlando #LoveConquersHate
FROM ORANGE COUNTY SHERRIFS DEPARTMENT:
Governor Scott and City of Orlando have declared a state of emergency.
There are at least 50 dead and 53 wounded in the Pulse nightclub mass shooting.
There is an urgent need in Orlando for O Neg, O Pos and AB Plasma donors following a mass shooting. http://oneblood.org or call 1.888.936.6283.
Family members of the victims can call 407-246-4257.
The Hampton Inn at 43 Columbia Street is where family members will be briefed.
Our hearts are with the victims and their families.
We ask all of you who live or visit our wonderful community to stand strong in the face of this horrific act.
FROM CLUB PULSE (ORLANDO, FLORIDA):
We are dealing with something we never imagined. Since the last update, we have gotten better access to the building, cleared the building. It is with great sadness I share that we have 50 casualties, in addition to the shooter. Because of the scale I have called Governor Scott to request a state of emergency and we are issuing a state of emergency in the City. This allows us to bring additional resources to support our efforts.
Our focus in the coming hours will be identifying the victims and notifying the families. We are setting up a hotline for concerned family members – 407.246.4357. The identification process may take some time. We ask for your patience as we want to be accurate. I continue to be proud of how our community has responded.
-Mayor Buddy Dyer
Much love and strength to our friends & brothers & sisters in Orlando. 50 people massacred inside a gay club last night. 53 more wounded. 💔
Religion warps unstable minds & basic human sexuality so much so that this insane scumbag's response was to grab his machine gun & murder 50 people who were just celebrating love.
Love wins. We will win. Stay strong. Stay loud. Drown out the hate.
Stop the madness! Our hearts with Orlando, our undying respect for the victims of fanatic bigotry.
FROM ANI DIFRANCO:
Our hearts are with the victims, families and LGBTQ community in Orlando. In the wake of this tragedy the folks at Equality Florida are collecting donations to support the Pulse Nightclub victims and their families, you can join us by contributing here: https://www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund
FROM JELLO BIAFRIA and PANSY DIVISION:
From Chris/PANSY DIVISION:
"This says it all. It's why I came out in the first place back in '82. It's why I joined with Jon Ginoli to create Pansy Division, 25 years ago. It's why I put GayC/DC together, it's why I put that all-LGBTQ lineup together at the Viper Room this weekend. It's why I belong to an LGBTQ scuba club. It's why I married the man that I love. It's why I have a pink triangle tattooed on my arm. As long as this keeps happening, as long as our brothers and sisters keep being bullied, taunted, tortured and brutally murdered here and all over the world, I will keep being as out as I can. My entire life is a HUGE MIDDLE F*CKING FINGER to anyone who thinks they speak for god, and feels they are justified in their heinous inhuman acts. Today and every day, I will continue to fight for our rights as HUMAN BEINGS to be treated equally and to live without few of those who live in fear."
FROM APOPTYGMA BERZERK:
All of our love and support going out to those affected by the heartbreaking violence in Orlando, Florida. If you are in the area, please consider donating blood to help the injured survivors.
FROM THE CHANCE THEATER: (POUGHKEEPSIE, NY):
Thoughts and prayers go out to the victims families in Orlando.
FROM TONY DOLAN (VENOM INC):
FROM STEVIE NICKS:
Sometimes~ In a difficult situation, a song from the past will call out to me. Concerning what happened in Orlando~ I hope these words might be comforting to those involved. I dedicate “Touched by an Angel” to all those lost~ and all those left behind. I have included the original demo because it is my favorite version. This was my mothers favorite song~
All my love,
I also send these words to Christina Grimmie~ and to her family, so sad…so very, very sad~ I am so sorry…
FROM AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL:
Everyone has a fundamental right to live free from violence. We must ensure all people, no matter who they are or who they love, are safe and equal.
FROM THE STONEWALL INN (NYC, NEW YORK):
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families in Orlando. We stand in solidarity and in sadness with our entire LGBT community.
We are working closely with the NYPD and the 6th precinct;
The NYPD is in contact with law enforcement authorities in Florida, as well as the FBI, and are closely monitoring developments in the investigation.
New Yorkers should know that the NYPD has more than 500 officers dedicated solely to terror response, hundreds more to the prevention of incidents, and is constantly working with law enforcement and community partners to counter terror.
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-