It is with heavy hearts that we find ourselves writing this statement. What occurred in the early morning hours during Latin night at Pulse gay nightclub can only be described as a senseless act of hate. The actions of one man have irrevocably altered the lives of not only those lost or injured, but also their families, friends, communities, and our nation.
The Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) was created to bring together Latinx medical students of all genders and sexual orientations across the country, with hopes and efforts to eliminate disparities within the Latinx population. To emphasize this mission, we established our LMSA LGBTQ+ caucus to support our students and advocate for those who identify with both minority groups. We are all too well aware of the disproportionate anti-LGBTQ+ violence against people of color, and the events of that night left many of our members thinking, “This could have been me,” or, “This could have been my family.” Yes, it could have been any of us. And it IS all of us. LMSA and the LGBTQ+ caucus plan on supporting research in eliminating gun-related homicides and increasing public awareness on gun control/violence. Additionally, we plan on initiating fundraising efforts to form of a new scholarship in memory of those affected in the Orlando massacre that would support those who fight and advocate for LGBTQ Latinx health.
To those affected by this tragedy: we are hurting with you. We stand against racism. We stand against homophobia, transphobia, and misogyny. We stand in solidarity with our fellow Muslims, especially those who are LGBTQ+ and/or Latinx. We stand with the AMA resolution that gun violence is a public health crisis. We stand with our previous policy against the excessive use of force, as it pertains to this massacre. We stand with the victims and the families of this tragedy and will continue working towards the health and safety of our Latinx LGBTQ+ community. We encourage all members of our community to follow suit and let love, not hate, come out of this tragedy. Y a las víctimas, que sigan bailando en el cielo. “Pies, para qué los quiero, si tengo alas para volar” ? Frida Kahlo
Abner Antonio Murray, LMSA National President
Franklyn Rocha Cabrero, Vice President/Chair of Policy
Jorge Ramallo, Physician-Chair LMSA LGBTQ+ Caucus
Joshua Valverde, Student-Chair LMSA LGBTQ+ Caucus
Michael Belmonte, Member LMSA LGBTQ+ Caucus
Daniel Herrador, Member LMSA LGBTQ+ Caucus
Jonathan Gomez, Member LMSA LGBTQ+ Caucus