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According to Washington Blade, several LGBT+ organizations endorsed the National Action Network’s organised march against police brutality today at Freedom Plaza.
Among the organizations who released a statement were the Human Rights Campaign, the National LGBTQ Task Force, the National Black Justice Coalition, Freedom to Marry, GLAAD, GetEQUAL and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. Dozens more have also pledged their solidarity.
The statement reads:
‘As LGBTQ national organizations, we proudly stand in solidarity with the civil rights organizations and local activists — including the actions of an amazing, fierce, brilliant cadre of youth leaders, many of whom are queer identified — in demanding fundamental systemic change that tackles the root causes of racial and economic injustices once and for all.’
The statement also talks about the recent grand jury decisions to not indict the police officers in the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases as a reason for their endorsement and participation.
The article’s author spoke to several people for quotes. However, one that stuck out in particular was a quote from D.C. resident Peter Montgomery.
Montgomery said, ‘LGBT people want a world in which we are treated with respect and enjoy equal protection of the law. We should want that for everybody. And that means holding accountable police who abuse their power or violate the public trust.’
He goes on to say, ‘Police brutality and harassment have a disproportionate impact on people of color. That sort of racial injustice is an LGBT issue because it directly affects the lives of LGBT people of color.’
The March is scheduled to begin today at noon EST at the Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C..