To the Greater Milwaukee Community:
Black Lives Matter. The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center is heartbroken at the senseless and tragic loss of life in the murder of George Floyd and the many others and share the grief of his death with his family, friends, and community. The Center has and will always stand against all forms of oppression, inequality, and racial injustice.
We join the efforts in condemning the murder of George Floyd and all other lives lost to racial violence and stand in solidarity with the Black community in demanding that change happens. We demand accountability and systemic reform and equitable justice for all.
As we celebrate and recognize Pride month, let’s remember that the LGBTQ+ community, in history, had to have their voices heard through protesting against the violence and abuse in the hands of police raids in New York City. The six-day protest against the police at Stonewall Inn was a turning point for the gay rights movement, which was led by transgender and queer black and brown folks.
In the midst of all this pain, we are hopeful that as a community, we will join our voices and be heard. There will be a time when the community will need a place of healing, a place where you will be accepted, welcomed, and a place where you will feel a sense of belonging and strength. The MKE LGBT Community Center will be that place and resource for you.
We call on our community to take action by participating in the peaceful protests that are happening around the city, donating water, donating to a bail fund, or by doing your part to make this city a safe place for all.
In Peace, Love and Solidarity,