Everytown for Gun Safety and the Human Rights Campaign Get Down to Work in the Wake of Orlando

everytownSince the devastating attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, LGBT advocacy groups and gun safety groups have found themselves united by a common purpose: the instatement of common-sense gun policies. Recognizing that gun safety is also an LGBT issue, John Feinblatt, President of Everytown, penned an op-ed for the New York Daily News in which he declared, “The [gun reform] movement has not just increased in size. This movement has quadrupled in size and suddenly became a movement that is linking arms with important civil rights leaders in this country.” In a show of solidarity with human rights groups, Everytown created the #DisarmHate Campaign to express a growing concern for LGBT Americans: “Guns are what make hate legal. They are what make it deadly.”

hrcIn the wake of the attack, the Human Rights Campaign also responded to the news out of Orlando by intensifying its focus on gun violence against the LGBT community. “Forty-nine members of our community were murdered on Sunday morning because of a toxic combination of two things: a deranged, unstable individual who had been conditioned to hate LGBTQ people and easy access to military-style guns,” said the HRC’s President, Chad Griffin, in a statement released just days later. “Moving forward, the Human Rights Campaign — which will remain focused achieving full federal equality, ending anti-LGBTQ hate, and ensuring the safety, health, well-being and legal protections of LGBTQ people — will work in coalition with gun safety advocates and other allies in the LGBTQ movement and beyond to realize its goals for stemming the epidemic of gun violence.”