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Aug 15, 2014

State LGBT Groups Respond to Michael Brown

Saint Louis, M.O. (August 15, 2014) – On Friday, Equality NC joined dozens of state-based LGBT advocacy organizations in an open letter of solidarity in response to the tragic death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black Missouri teenager who was shot and killed Saturday by a police officer in suburban St. Louis.

The letter was released by PROMO, Missouri's state equality organization, with 32 additional signers from every corner of the country.

The letter in its entirety, including a list of the groups that have signed on to date, can be found below:

State Based LGBTQ Groups Respond to Michael Brown

Over the last several days, our country has been on edge as events have unfolded in the aftermath of the death of 18 year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. This tragedy has made it abundantly clear that the promise of the American dream has not been extended to all the people in our nation. Through social media, as well as in traditional media, we have heard thousands speak out, not just from Ferguson, but from all across the country. These passionate voices have been insistent, unanimous, and unambiguous: What happened in Ferguson could have happened, and too often does, in any community in the United States.

As organizations representing the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities, we affirm the thoughtful young voices emerging to speak truth to power as they strive to transform their communities so that no person of color will ever again be targeted simply for walking down the street.

As community members, we pledge to stand beside you in this struggle for racial justice. As Americans, we refuse to allow any constitutional protection to be suspended. As individuals, we share your quest for justice and hope that you will invite us to be present as peace and justice prevail.

Community is important, no matter how you define it. We are linked to one another as neighbors, friends, and allies. Let us proceed as such. We will be with you.

In Solidarity:

Basic Rights Oregon

Empire State Pride Agenda (New York)

Equality Alabama

Equality Arizona

Equality California

Equality Federation

Equality Florida

Equality Illinois

Equality Maine

Equality Maryland

The Equality Network (TEN of Oklahoma)

Equality New Mexico

Equality North Carolina

Equality Ohio

Equality Pennsylvania

Equality Texas

Equality Utah

Fair Wisconsin

Fairness West Virginia

Forum for Equality (Louisiana)

Garden State Equality (New Jersey)

Gender Justice Nevada

Georgia Equality

MassEquality

New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA)

One Colorado

OutFront Minnesota

PROMO (Missouri)

South Carolina Equality

Tennessee Equality Project

TransOhio

Wyoming Equality

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