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    Jul 16, 2013

    LGBT Organizations Want Justice For Trayvon Martin

    "We will honor Trayvon Martin by strengthening our commitment to end bias, hatred, profiling and violence across our communities."

    Yesterday, a group of 35 LGBT rights organizations wrote an open letter asking for justice for Trayvon Martin.

    The groups were led by the National Black Justice Coalition and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in forming the letter. The full text can be found below.

    An Open Letter: Trayvon Deserves Justice

    We cannot begin to imagine the continued pain and suffering endured by Trayvon Martin's family and friends. We stand in solidarity with them as they continue to fight for justice, civil rights and closure. And we thank everyone who has pushed and will continue to push for justice.

    Trayvon Martin deserves justice and his civil rights. We support the organizations and community leaders who are urging the federal government to explore every option to ensure that justice is served for Trayvon and that his civil rights are honored and respected. But our work does not end there: we will honor Trayvon Martin by strengthening our commitment to end bias, hatred, profiling and violence across our communities.

    We represent organizations with diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender constituencies. Our community has been targets of bigotry, bias, profiling and violence. We have experienced the heart-breaking despair of young people targeted for who they are, who they are presumed to be, or who they love: Rashawn Brazell, Lawrence King, Ali Forney, Brandon Teena, Brandon White, Matthew Shepard, Marco McMillian, Angie Zapata, Sakia Gunn, Gwen Araujo and countless others.

    Every person, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity, must be able to walk the streets without fear for their safety.

    Justice delayed is justice denied and in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "a right delayed is a right denied." We honor Trayvon by seeking justice for all people.

    All Out

    American Civil Liberties Union

    Believe Out Loud

    BiNet USA

    Bisexual Resource Center

    Center for Black Equity

    CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers

    Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals

    Equality Federation

    Family Equality Council

    Freedom to Work

    Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network

    Gay-Straight Alliance Network (GSA Network)

    GetEQUAL

    GMHC

    GLAD

    GLAAD

    Harvey Milk Foundation

    Human Rights Campaign

    Immigration Equality

    Lambda Legal

    Movement Advancement Project

    National Black Justice Coalition

    National Center for Lesbian Rights

    National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs

    National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

    National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

    National Minority AIDS Council

    National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance

    Out & Equal Workplace Advocates

    PFLAG National

    The Trevor Project

    Trans Advocacy Network

    Transgender Law Center

    Trans People of Color Coalition

    H/T Autostraddle