LOUD Mourns and Shows Solidarity with Orlando Community

Notes Disproportionate Impact on Latinos, the Population LOUD Serves

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s Latino Outreach and Understanding
Division
(LOUD)
mourns the 49 individuals murdered in the Orlando attack this past
Sunday morning at Pulse nightclub. Sunday morning’s incident was an
attack on the LGBT community and specifically a direct attack on what
was deemed a safe space for these individuals. For many LGBT Latino
residents in the area, Pulse was one of the few spaces where members of
the community could freely express themselves without judgment. The
dozens of young Latino gay men whose lives were cut short due to this
act of hate and violence is a devastating loss not only for their
immediate families, but for every person who upholds this country’s
values of freedom and liberty.

“As we mourn the loss of the 49 victims, we should honor their lives by
being careful not use this horrific attack as a platform for personal or
political gain,” said Hector Torres, chair of the Latino Outreach
and Understanding Division (LOUD). “We must come together to use this as
an opportunity to address the issues that impede any community from
living authentic and safe lives. Hate is not a response to hate.”

“LOUD strives to address the social and health disparities that impact
the lives of LGBT Latinos across the U.S. While addressing homophobia
and transphobia seems to be common in our work, we didn’t imagine that
we would need to add gun violence to our list of priorities,” continued
Torres. “We stand united to create safe spaces for LGBT Latinos and will
continue to fight against all forms of hate and violence directed at our
community.”

#weareorlando #somosloud #saytheirnames

www.somosloud.org

Contacts

AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Hector L. Torres III,
+1.323.533.9838
National Prevention Strategy Manager, AHF & Chair
of LOUD
hector.torres@aidshealth.org