Target: Florida Governor Rick Scott
Goal: Publicly admit that the Orlando shooting of an LGBT club was likely motivated by homophobia.
Florida Governor Rick Scott is refusing to even mention the issue of homophobia in addressing the mass shooting that occurred at the Pulse nightclub–a location dedicated to being a safe space for LGBT+ people. In an interview with CNN, the interviewer pointed out that the shooting appeared to specifically target this community, but Scott avoided even saying the words “gay,” “LGBT,” or “homophobia,” instead resorting to generic statements.
This shooting was not random. Although the motive of the shooter has not yet been 100 percent confirmed, it has been revealed that he had been at the club before, that he had displayed severe anger and hatred toward gay people, and had demonstrated hatred toward black and Latino peoples. The shooting also took place on Latino night at Pulse, but Scott hasn’t acknowledge the possible role of racism, either.
It’s both disrespectful and harmful to refuse to acknowledge the fact that specific, marginalized communities are still targeted for violence in the U.S. These communities can’t be helped if we can’t admit the actual problem. LGBT+ people across the nation are mourning right now, and it’s utterly insulting to them for Governor Scott to refuse to acknowledge their grief. Sign our petition to demand he publicly states that this shooting targeted the LGBT+ community and condemns homophobia.
Dear Governor Scott,
You recently gave an interview to CNN, but despite the interviewer asking questions about the fact that LGBT+ people appeared to be the target of this attack, you refused to acknowledge this community’s grief or even use words like “gay” or “homophobia” in your responses. You instead focused on bland platitudes about “anybody” and vague sentiments about “radical Islam.”
This is disrespectful to the LGBT+ community and places them in further danger. If we as a country don’t stand firmly against homophobic hatred, this community will continue to be violently attacked. It also appears very likely that LGBT+ people were indeed specifically targeted based on the facts, but either way, they’re currently in mourning, and they need our support. To refuse to even name them or acknowledge their pain is just cruel.
Stop ignoring the facts and failing your states LGBT+ community. We demand that you publicly acknowledge that the shooting targeted these specific individuals and condemn homophobia.
[Your Name Here]
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