A coalition of LGBT rights organizations released a statement Tuesday expressing their support of Michael Brown and his family.
ACLU, Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, National Center for Transgender Equality, Trevor Project, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights are among 22 organizations that have signed a letter stating that the LGBT community stands behind the family of the slain black teenager, who was shot several times Saturday by a police officer in Ferguson, MO.
“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,” the letter reads. “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 killing of the 18-year-old youth has sparked a series of protests in the St. Louis suburbs against alleged discrimination by local law enforcement, which refuses to release the name of the officer who committed the act. A civil rights investigation by the FBI is ongoing.
The letter urges media outlets to conduct responsible coverage and tasks policy makers to examine the incident and enact needed change. It concludes with a quotation from civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: "In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies... but the silence of our friends."
Read the full letter and its signatories on the next page.