Solidarity With Orlando

We are filled with grief and outrage at the anti-LGBTQ massacre - the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history - at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL.

Baltimore, MD – June 12, 2016 – We are shocked and saddened to hear of the mass killing of LGBTQ patrons at a night club in Orlando this morning. Our hearts go out to all those affected by this horrific attack in Orlando or around the world, and we are disturbed at some of the responses we have heard from those who have a history of discrimination against LGBTQ people.

These events highlight what we have long known to be true: that the struggle is not over as we work to create a world in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are free to live authentically, with safety and dignity, in their own communities across Maryland, our country, or the world.

We will not be scared into isolation, and we will not allow this unconscionable attack to divide the LGBTQ and Muslim communities. We are working with our partners to organize a number of events around the state so that our communities may stand in solidarity to send a clear message that there is no place for bigotry and hate in our state.

Equality Florida, the statewide LGBTQ advocacy organization Florida, is raising funds to aid the victims of the attack.  Please contribute to the LGBTQ community in Florida in this time of need:

Below are the events in Maryland that we currently know about, whether organized in collaboration with FreeState Legal and Equality Maryland or by community activists. We encourage LGBTQ people to mourn in community with each other at these and other events across the state, and send a clear message that we will not tolerate hate and bigotry in our state.

Sunday, June 12

  • Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 8pm – Baltimore City – Candle Light Vigil at the Washington Monument in Baltimore, organized by community organizers Brain Gaither and Matt Thorn.
  • Monday, June 13, 2016 at 6pm – Rockville / Montgomery County – Prayer Vigil at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville, 100 Welsh Park Drive, Rockville, MD. Co-hosted by Rockville United Church.

Monday, June 13

  • Monday, June 13, 2016 at 7pm – Baltimore City – Candle Light Vigil at Ynot Lot in Baltimore (Corner of Charles Street and North Avenue), Organized by GLCCB in collaboration with FreeState Legal and Equality Maryland.
  • Monday, June 13, 2016 at 7pm – Montgomery Village / Montgomery County – Muslim Community Joins LGBTQ Community to Condemn Violence and Bigotry at the International Cultural Center in Montgomery Village – 16650 Club House Road, Montgomery Village, MD. Co-sponsored by Montgomery County Muslim Democratic Club, FreeState Legal and Equality Maryland, and World Organization for Resource Development and Education. Co-sponsor list in formation.
  • Monday, June 13, 2016 at 7pm – Columbia / Howard County – Vigil at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia.  Sanctuary C of the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045.  Sponsored by PFLAG Columbia-Howard County.
  • Monday, June 13, 2016 at 7pm – Montgomery Village / Montgomery County – Prayer Vigil for Orlando at Covenant United Methodist Church, 20301 Pleasant Ridge Drive, Montgomery Village, MD 20886
  • Monday, June 13, 2016 at 7pm – Landover / Prince George’s County – Community Healing Circle and Candlelight Vigil, sponsored by the D.E.N.I.M Collection and Impulse Group DC
  • Monday, June 13, 2016 at 7:30 pm – Hyattsville / Prince George’s County – Candlelight Vigil at Hyattsville City Building, 4310 Gallatin St., Hyattsville, MD 20781.  A candlelight vigil sponsored by the City of Hyattsville, featuring representatives of various faiths and opportunity for individual community members to speak.
  • Monday, June 13, 2016 at 8pm – Brunswick / Frederick County – Praying for Orlando: Candlelight prayer service at Grace Episcopal Church, 114 E A St. Brunswick, MD 21716.

Tuesday, June 14

Wednesday, June 15

Thursday, June 16

Friday, June 17

  • Friday, June 17, 2016 at 6pm – Baltimore City – IRIS Support Group for LGBTQ Latin@s at Adelante Familia second floor. 3734 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD 21224. IRIS (Individualidad, Respeto, Integridad, Sexualidad) es un grupo social de apoyo para la comunidad lesbian, gay, bisexual, Trans (LGBT) y nuestros aliados en Baltimore, Maryland. IRIS (Individuality, Respect, Integrity, Sexuality) is a social support group for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and Trans community and our allies in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Friday, June 17, 2016 at 7pm – Baltimore City – DESIDERUM, A Healing Ritual, performance by Jordan Sanford and Joseph Faura for Sindikit Friday Performance Series curated by Jaimes Mayhew. Sindikit, 405 E. Oliver St., Baltimore, MD 21202
  • Friday, June 17, 2016 at 7pm – Upper Marlboro / Prince George’s County – “The Kingdom Worship Center will be praying and hosting a forum in response to the mass killings in Orlando, FL. We will be holding a prayer service on Friday from 7-9 as well as a discussion on the church’s position and participation in LBGTQ violence.” Kingdom Worship Miracle Center, 8325 Old Marlboro Pike, Unit A7, Upper Marlboro MD 20772
  • Friday, June 17, 2016 at 8pm – Hyattsville / Prince George’s County – Interfaith candlelight vigil in solidarity with the LGBTQ community and victims of gun violence. Hyattsville Mennonite Church, 4217 East-West Highway, Hyattsville, MD 20782
  • Friday, June 17, 2016 at 10pm – Baltimore City – Dance Party and Fundraiser for Orlando Families at Flavor, 15 E. Centre Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

Saturday, June 18

  • Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 9am – Silver Spring / Montgomery County – Fundraiser for Orlando organized by Albert Einstein High School Gay-Straight Alliance. In Downtown Silver Spring.
  • Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 7:30pm – Annapolis / Anne Arundel County – Candlelight Vigil for Orlando hosted by St. Luke’s Eastport Church. At City Dock in Annapolis.
  • Sunday, June 19

    • Sunday, June 19, 2016 at 10am – Silver Spring / Montgomery County – UCC Worship Service to Remember Orlando and Celebrate Equality. UCC Christ Congregational Church, 9525 Colesvill Road, SIlver Spring, MD 20901
    • Sunday, June 19, 2016 at 1pm – Baltimore City – Stonewall Family Reunion & Tea Dance Fundraiser for Orlando – sponsored by the LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care – at Flavor, 15 E. Centre Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

    Wednesday, June 22

    • Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 8pm – Baltimore City – Turn Up 4 Life Benefit Party 4 Orlando Youth Alliance + Baltimore Transgender Alliance. Music by Abdu Ali (DJ set), Dan Deacon (DJ set), DJ Trillnatured, Kotic Cuture, more TBA. Metro Gallery, 1700 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201

    Sunday, June 26

    • Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 9pm – Baltimore City – OneLoveOnePulse Benefit Drag Show – Presented by Iyana Deshanel, Ganivah Cache and Brooklyn Heights. The Depot, 1728 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201

    Wednesday, July 6


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