North Star leadership recently released the following statement in solidarity with the SSA/LGBTQ+ community in response to the Orlando shooting:
The Board of Directors and Executive Committee of North Star International join in the unequivocal condemnation of the vile and hate-driven attack at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. We offer our solemn condolences to families of those tragically murdered and injured. We mourn with those in Florida and the entirety of the SSA/LGBT community. We stand ready to comfort and assist in any way that we can. Our prayers, and our thoughts are with those who lost loved ones, but more than that we offer our love.
Acts of pure hatred, such as the recent shooting, bring much fear and vulnerability into the lives of the SSA/LGBT community. Central to the mission of North Star is our desire to help SSA/LGBT individuals release the shame, guilt, and fear that can be all consuming. We stand firm in our conviction that this fear cannot and will not be allowed to win.
The events in Florida can only be described as terrorism. We call on reasonable voices in all quarters to join together in condemning this attack while working to find common ground across our differences so that we might more effectively combat this rising tide of hate. There is nothing more valuable or more noble than our liberty and freedom to choose. This freedom is a God given gift; it must be protected and fought for. We unitedly stand to fight for agency and fight against fear, shame, and hatred.
As we begin to process what happened, some will start to look for answers. We affirm that peace and answers can come by drawing closer to our Savior, Jesus Christ. He is the author of peace and showed us, by His perfect example, how to have empathy and love for all those who are hurting.