HRC Honors Pulse Anniversary With New Report on Gun Violence

"Gun safety is an LGBTQ issue, plain and simple."

One of the country's leading LGBTQ advocacy groups is honoring the anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub massacre with a new report about gun violence.

HRC has released a new report titled "Remembering and Honoring Pulse: Anti-LGBTQ Bias and Guns are Taking Lives of Countless LGBTQ People" this Friday, June 12—four years to the date since the deadly mass shooting at an Orlando gay bar.

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ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 12: People visit the memorial setup outside the Pulse gay nightclub in memory of those lost one year ago during a mass shooting on June 12, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. Omar Mateen killed 49 people at the club a little after 2 a.m. on June 12, 2016. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

As NewNowNext has reported at length, the Pulse massacre claimed the lives of 49 people and injured dozens more. Most of the victims were LGBTQ and Latinx. At the time, it was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

The new report—released in collaboration with Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, Giffords Law Center, and Equality Florida—highlights how three-fourths of all transgender homicides in America since 2013 involved a gun. Among murders of Black trans women, that incidence is even more staggering (nearly eight in every 10 homicides).

The report ends by suggesting solutions in the form of federal policy that could make a real difference in America's gun violence epidemic.

It also comes on the heels of the murders of Riah Milton and Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells, two Black trans women killed earlier this week. Milton, a 25-year-old from Liberty Township, Ohio, was robbed and fatally shot by her attackers.

In a statement, HRC president Alphonso David emphasized that gun safety "is an LGBTQ issue, plain and simple."

"From the tragedy at Pulse Nightclub four years ago, to the dozens of transgender and gender non-conforming people killed by firearms over the last decade, our community is under attack and needs reform to improve our well-being," David added. "This report outlines the problem at hand and provides strong recommendations for helping build a better, safer future for our community, one that is free from gun violence."

Read the full report here.

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