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Amidst Pride and Celebration, Tragedy Strikes Orlando

NEWS RELEASE June 14, 2016

Contact: Marvo Reguindin, INBA General Manager,

Download a .pdf of this release: Statement – Orlando LGBT Mass Shooting – 14Jun2016

Statement on the tragedy in Orlando, Florida

INBA stands with families, friends, and all affected by those lost and injured at the Pulse nightclub shooting, reaffirming our mission to support the LGBT* community.

Spokane, Wash.—Just moments after Spokane came together to celebrate 25 years of Pride, the community went silent. Several thousand miles away, in Orlando, Florida, fellow members of the LGBT* community had their voices silenced…49 of them forever, 53 more injured, and countless others impacted. It is the deadliest mass shooting the United States has seen.

Pride is an important celebration for our community. It’s a time to celebrate what we have accomplished in the face of oppression, discrimination, hatred, and as demonstrated on the morning of June 12, even bloodshed. Each year, we remember those who fought with their own blood, sweat, and tears to pave a better path for each of us, hoping that “it gets better” becomes a reality and working hard to codify the inalienable rights that have long been denied to so many. Some lost their lives for this cause. Many were injured in the process. All of us are thankful for what they have sacrificed.

But the recent events are a solemn reminder: that we still have a long way to go. Our work to unify this country, and to unify humanity, is not yet done. We must continue to celebrate our diversity. We must continue to accept those who do not feel welcome. We must continue to speak up for those who do not have a voice. We must continue to stand for what is right. We must choose love over hate. And we must find strength in one another. We are all unique and woven together with a common thread: that in our individuality we have commonality. Equality is not just for some; equality is for all when we respect our fellow humankind.

INBA stands with the communities it serves, from Spokane to Orlando, and all of our LGBT* friends and families, wherever they may live. And we will continue to do so.


Inland Northwest Business Alliance (INBA) is the only LGBTA chamber of commerce serving the Spokane, Tri-Cities, and the greater eastern Washington and North Idaho region. The alliance is an affiliate chamber of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). INBA strives to create an economically robust and civically engaged community through the acceptance of diversity throughout our region, by developing a prosperous business community and advocating LGBT and ally business perspectives. Membership is open to all businesses, professionals, and individuals who subscribe to the purposes of the alliance.



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