America’s LGBT Community Supports Family of Michael Brown, with 58 Groups Joining Letter

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Advocacy organizations from every corner of the nation are standing with the community of the slain teenager

WASHINGTON - Dozens of the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organizations have joined an open letter of solidarity in response to the tragic death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager who was shot and killed Saturday by a police officer in suburban St. Louis.  

Since Tuesday when the letter was released with 17 signers, an additional 41 signers have joined.   

The letter in its entirety, including a list of the groups that have signed on to date, can be found below and online here.

When communities experience fear, harassment and brutality simply because of who they are or how they look, we are failing as a nation. In light of the recent events in Missouri, it is clearer than ever that there is something profoundly wrong in our country.

The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community cannot be silent at this moment, because LGBT people come from all races, creeds, faiths and backgrounds, and because all movements of equality are deeply connected. We are all part of the fabric of this nation and the promise of liberty and justice for all is yet to be fulfilled. 

The LGBT community stands with the family of Michael Brown, who was gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri. We stand with the mothers and fathers of young Black men and women who fear for the safety of their children each time they leave their homes. We call on the national and local media to be responsible and steadfast in their coverage of this story and others like it--racialized killings that have marred this nation since the beginning of its history. We call on policy makers on all levels of American government not to shrink from action, and we are deeply grateful to Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice for their immediate commitment to a thorough investigation.

At this moment, we are inspired by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies … but the silence of our friends.”


Advocates for Youth

AIDS United

AMBi – The Alliance of Multicultural Bisexuals

Bay Area Bisexual Network


Bisexual Organizing Project

Bisexual Resource Center

Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100)

Campus Pride

Center for Black Equity, Inc.



Courage Campaign

Equality Federation

Equality Hawaii

Equality Maine

Equality Michigan

Equality North Carolina

Equality New Mexico

Equality Pennsylvania

Equality Texas

Family Equality Council

Fairness Campaign (KY)

Garden State Equality

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)

Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

Georgia Equality

GetEQUAL Nevada



GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality

Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI)

Human Rights Campaign

Immigration Equality

Indiana Equality Action

Lambda Legal


National Black Justice Coalition

National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)

National Center for Transgender Equality

National Coalition of Anti-Violence Projects

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

National Minority AIDS Council

National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)


One Colorado

PFLAG National

Pride at Work, AFL-CIO

Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)


Southerners on New Ground (SONG)

Tennessee Equality Project

The Equality Network (OK)

Trans People of Color Coalition

Transgender Law Center

Trevor Project

True Colors Fund

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