STATEMENT FROM INTERPRIDE ON THE RECENT OSLO, NORWAY, LGBTQIA+ NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING
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InterPride is deeply saddened by the vicious attack on fellow LGBTQIA+ members in Oslo, Norway. At least two people were murdered, and 21 others were injured in an incident at the famous LGBTQIA+ club known as “London Pub” at 1:15 AM local time (Oslo) on Saturday, 25 June. Investigators have confirmed that this was a hate crime.
Members of InterPride around the world feel disbelief and profound grief. Unfortunately, attacks motivated by hatred have become frighteningly frequent during Pride season, including at Pride events.
InterPride is also heartbroken to hear that Oslo Pride was forced to cancel its Pride celebrations because of this tragedy. These celebrations were to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Norway decriminalizing homosexuality. Coming together for Pride is vital for the global LGBTQIA+ community to celebrate our identities and fight for our rights.
Millions of LGBTQIA+ community members worldwide are facing violence. We have a shared responsibility to stand by and support one another and work together to make the world a safe place to be our authentic selves.
InterPride stands united in solidarity with Oslo Pride and the global LGBTQIA+ community during this challenging time. Our hearts go out to the families and friends who have lost loved ones through this act of hatred. We will continue to fight for the right to be seen and heard and for equality worldwide.