Over this weekend, June 11 & 12, 2016, a gunman attacked a gay club in Orlando, FL, killing 49 and wounding 53 people.
Over this weekend, a man was arrested en route to the Los Angeles Pride Parade with a cache of weapons, ammunition and explosive-making materials. While his intentions are still unknown, the atmosphere raised by the Orlando masacre puts the incident in a frightening light.
Spectrum is here to provide a community network here at Argonne, to help each other and provide guidance and support in difficult times. We are here for you. While we all continue to process our feelings about the events, please remember that you are not alone.
If you want to share your feelings about this, you can use the mailing list to share with everyone ( firstname.lastname@example.org ); contact the Spectrum board as a group or individuals ( Board: email@example.com, Skip Reddy: firstname.lastname@example.org, Jennifer Fortner: email@example.com, or Pete Friedman: firstname.lastname@example.org); Diversity Program Officer Alberto Camargo ( email@example.com ); or contact the Employee Assistance Program (only accessible on-site or via VPN).
Take to heart that while horrible things have happened, we are moving towards stronger protections and wider acceptance. The formation of Spectrum here at Argonne in the absence of a triggering event is an example of that progress.
Stay strong. Be proud of who you are. Do not let these tragedies suppress any celebrations you may have planned for LGBT Pride Month.