SAG-AFTRA Statement on Orlando

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SAG-AFTRA Statement on Orlando

In the labor movement, we believe that an injury to one is an injury to all. The Orlando nightclub massacre was, in the words of our National LGBT Committee co-chairs, "an attack not only on the LGBT community, but on all Americans."

​We stand with the families, friends and colleagues of the 49 victims in defiance of those who seek to perpetuate violence, hatred and intolerance. We are deeply saddened by this senseless loss of life, and our thoughts are with the 53 injured in the shooting. We applaud our members who have used their voices as performers, broadcasters and recording artists to comfort victims and speak out about this devastating event that has so deeply affected our nation.  

SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris said, “I mourn for the victims, their families and friends, and for our country. The massacre that took place in Orlando this week against our LGBT brothers and sisters is endemic of something we cannot tolerate — not only as a union, but as a nation. SAG-AFTRA and our leadership want the entire LGBT community to know that we stand with them. You are not alone."

The union also grieves for the loss of SAG-AFTRA member Christina Grimmie, who was shot while signing autographs last Friday in Orlando. Her death, like those murdered in the nightclub, is horrific and deeply sad. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones at this time.

SAG-AFTRA offers its sincerest condolences to the families and friends of those killed in the Orlando shootings. We join you in mourning this tragic loss of life and stand in solidarity with the people of Orlan​do.