Members of the House of Commons have come together to condemn the homophobic attacks in Orlando and offered full support to the LGBTI community.
Stewart McDonald, MP for Glasgow South, tabled an Early Day Motion condemning the attacks in Orlando, which has been supported by fellow SNP members across the House.
SNP politicians at Holyrood and Westminster will today join in vigils and other efforts to remember the fifty people who were killed, to stand up against homophobia and transphobia, and to stand up for LGBTI equality.
Commenting, Stewart McDonald said:
“Our thoughts are with the victims of this horrific attack, their friends and their families.
“The attack at Pulse nightclub in Orlando is the worst mass shooting in American history. However this wasn't an attack on one nightclub in one part of the world. This was an attack on a community of millions.
“This was about trying to force us to live quietly and in shame about being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. We cannot let that succeed.
“Even though the ostentatious flair of our community may be a little restrained as we think of those needlessly taken from us, our rainbow flag will still fly tomorrow. Our resilience will drive us to seek a world where no LGBT person lives in fear, because solidarity is stronger than fear.”
text of ‘Terrorist attacks in Orlando’ Early Day Motion 191:
Stewart McDonald MP
‘That this House condemns the horrific terrorist attacks on innocent civilians celebrating Pride Month at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida; offers its deepest sympathies to the families of those killed and injured; further extends its sincerest condolences to the whole of the United States of America; recognises the tragedy as an attack of terror on the whole LGBTI community; stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the people of America in the face of terrorism; furthermore offers full support for the LGBTI community in the USA; and commits itself to protecting the freedoms of the LGBTI community in this country and across the world.’