Humanists Mourn with LGBTQ Community After Orlando Shooting

Humanists Mourn with LGBTQ Community After Orlando Shooting

The following press release was issued by the American Humanist Association.

For Immediate Release


Merrill Miller, 202-238-9088 ext. 105,

(Orlando, FL, June 13, 2016)–The American Humanist Association mourns with the victims of the Orlando, Florida, shooting and stands in solidarity with the LGBTQ community in this time of sorrow. In response to reports that the Orlando shooter claimed allegiance to ISIS, the American Humanist Association condemns the extremist religious prejudice that can be the foundation for such violence against LGBTQ individuals.

“Despite the recent gains toward equality for LGBTQ Americans, the tragedy in Orlando reminds us of the bigotry that still impacts the LGBTQ community,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. “While this incident is no excuse for hatred against religious groups, religious or ideological extremism that condones violence and seeks to deny equal rights for all cannot go unchallenged.”

Speckhardt continued, “We must remain ever-vigilant in our fight to protect the rights and safety of everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

The American Humanist Association has long supported the rights of LGBTQ people, including same-sex marriage and the right to live free from discrimination. The American Humanist Association will continue to actively challenge religious extremism and prejudice against the LGBTQ community, particularly through its LGBTQ Humanist Alliance and other social justice adjuncts.


Founded in 1941 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., the American Humanist Association (AHA) works to protect the rights of humanists, atheists, and other nontheistic Americans. The AHA advances the ethical and life-affirming philosophy of humanism, which—without beliefs in any gods or other supernatural forces—encourages individuals to live informed and meaningful lives that aspire to the greater good of humanity.