The Pride Community Services Organization (“PCSO”) in Lexington, Kentucky, would like to express its deepest sympathies and condolences for the victims of the senseless act of violence that took place at Pulse Night Club in Orlando, Florida. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their friends, and their families. The PCSO stands united in solidarity with the various organizations and members of the Lexington pride community in support of the LGBTQ+ community of Orlando, which has been so shaken by this evil act.
As the LGBTQ+ community has made great strides in the legal arena over the past several years, we do realize that we need to remain vigilant in bringing society around to a greater understanding of acceptance and respect for all human rights and dignities. Whether this act was random or targeted toward the LGBTQ+ community, a terrorist attack or a domestic mass shooting, it is important that our community comes together to heal and work on ways to move forward rather than act out of anger and fear by singling out any specific group.
As we approach the Lexington Pride Festival on Saturday, June 25, the PCSO and the Lexington Pride Festival want to ensure that the community is not dissuaded from coming out to show their Pride. In the coming days, the Lexington Pride Festival will issue a statement on the security precautions that will be taken at this year’s Lexington Pride Festival.
At times like these, it is important to show that, although our community can be shaken, we cannot be broken. We stand together, WE ARE ONE!