Statement of Solidarity with Lesbians and Gays in Orlando

Monday, June 13, 2016

We are terribly saddened about the deadly hate crime against so many victims at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

Our hearts go to those who lost loved ones, to the wounded, and to the whole LGBT community in Orlando.

Lesbians and gays are hated because they reject compulsory heterosexuality. Compulsory heterosexuality is the fundamental patriarchal institution that men have used for thousands of years to control and oppress women.      

The fight for women’s sexual autonomy and lesbianism has been at the core of our struggle for women’s liberation. We are as resolved as ever to continue this fight until we win.

In solidarity,

Hilla Kerner, for the collective of Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter