Task Force denounces attack at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

June 11, 2009

Inga Sarda-Sorensen
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Stands in strong solidarity with Jewish community

WASHINGTON, June 11 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force responded to the shooting yesterday at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., in which security guard Stephen Tyrone Johns was shot and killed by a gunman authorities identified as an 88-year-old white supremacist named James von Brunn.

Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

"We are shocked and outraged at the senseless and violent attack at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, an institution that stands as a symbol of a people's unwillingness to forget the harsh tolls exacted by bigotry, hate and scapegoating. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force extends condolences to the loved ones of Stephen Tyrone Johns, the security guard who lost his life in a valorous defense of the museum staff and volunteers, and the families, adults and children who were visiting the museum. We denounce this act of domestic terrorism and stand in strong solidarity with our Jewish brothers and sisters and organizations who have worked in this country and around the world to secure freedoms and justice for all people."

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The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. We do this by training activists, equipping state and local organizations with the skills needed to organize broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.