This June marks three years since the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, where 49 of our own were tragically taken from us. As we mark this anniversary, it is important that we center the voices of Latinx LGBTQ people. Not only were the majority of the victims and survivors of the Pulse shooting Latinx and LGBTQ, but Latinx LGBTQ people continue to face numerous, intersecting forms of oppression in the United States.
The webinar will feature a range of leaders from the LGBTQ Latinx community, including clergy, scholars of religion, seminarians, and activists. They will reflect on the anniversary of the Pulse shooting, what it means to be a Latinx LGBTQ person in the U.S. in our present moment, how we can honor the Pulse victims and survivors with action, and how people of faith specifically are called into action. Speakers on the webinar include:
- Rev. Rhina Ramos, Proyecto Encuentros de Gracia y Bienvendia
- Rev. Alex da Silva Souto, New Milford UMC and UM-Forward
- Damien-Pascal Domenack, Vanderbilt Divinity School
- Rev. Alba Onofrio, Soulforce
- Dr. Vincent D. Cervantes, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Nicole Garcia, Mount Calvary Lutheran Church
- Michael Vazquez, Brave Commons and Duke Divinity School
As we remember the victims and survivors of the Pulse shooting, people around the world are pledging to #HonorThemWithAction. As people of faith, we ground our actions in values and deeply held beliefs in justice, love, and liberation. We also know that action cannot be divorced from the wisdom of experience or the dynamism of relationship. As we strive to celebrate the belovedness of Latinx LGBTQ people and to dismantle the violence and injustice experienced by LGBTQ and Latinx communities, we hope you will gather with us to hear from Latinx LGBTQ people and to enter more deeply into the struggle for justice. We hope you will join us for this rich and important conversation.