STATEMENT ON ORLANDO MASSACRE AT PULSE NIGHTCLUB
As members of the Departments of Sociology and Sexuality Studies, we are devastated by the massacre that occurred at Pulse, a gay nightclub, in Orlando, FL on Sunday, June 12, 2016. We stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community, particularly queer Latinx, some immigrants, many Puerto Rican, who were specifically targeted at a queer bar on “Latin Night.” We mourn with the families, biological and chosen, who have lost their loved ones and those who are still awaiting their loved ones’ recovery. Understanding the multiplicity of structural oppressions that served as motivations for this tragedy, we also stand in solidarity with Muslim communities, who have been targeted for an assumed relationship to the gunman, including the Muslim LGBTQ communities, who have also been erased in this discourse. Closer to home, our hearts are with our students, colleagues, and staff who sustain us here at SFSU and beyond. In our grieving, we will continue to commit to the deepening of our work: academic, activist, familial and communal as it relates to race, sexuality, gender, immigration, and the intersections therein.
Professor and Graduate Studies Coordinator