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March 1, 2021

Romanian LGBT community expresses solidarity with victims of Orlando massacre

On Monday, the ‘Accept’ Association issued a message of sympathy for the relatives of those who lost their lives in the terrorist attack that took place in Orlando, U.S., but also a message of mobilisation for those who want to express their solidarity.

“Yesterday’s events in Orlando, U.S., are not only the worst shooting incident in the history of the United States but also the biggest massacre committed against LGBT persons since the Holocaust,” the text signed by ‘Accept’ President Cosmin Bebu-Vijianu reads.

“LGBT persons are living under the shadow of discrimination every day. (…) Unfortunately, as the civilised world is shaking off the last vestiges of hatred and discrimination, both on the legislative plane and at the level of social behaviour, other parts of the world are responding by strengthening a hostile environment, by incorporating hatred within the law and consequently by encouraging violence in society. (…) Yesterday’s tragedy in Orlando shows us how fragile freedom is, how easy it is to fall into discrimination and violence and how dangerous it is to toy with fundamental rights and freedoms. The purpose of this attack and of so many others is to intimidate the LGBT community, to weaken solidarity with LGBT persons and to deter those who publicly and personally defend and support this community,” the president of the ‘Accept’ Association added.

Likewise, he emphasised he appreciates President Iohannis’s reaction to the massacre, but that he notes “the absence of any mention on his part of the identity of the victims of this attack, which was, in the most obvious way possible, a criminal act of homophobia against the LGBT community.”

“We are waiting for the solidarity of Romanian officials to be reflected in support for the LGBT community in Romania as well as in the defence of our fundamental rights and freedoms against any threat, be it of a social or political nature,” Cosmin Bebu-Vijianu points out in his message.

The members of the Accept Association will lay flowers and candles at the U.S. Embassy to Romania on Tuesday, at 2 p.m., and will convey, to the embassy’s representatives, messages of solidarity from the Romanian community.

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