The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health grieves for the members of the LGBTQA community in Florida and across the world who have been affected by the horrific act of violence in Orlando this weekend. The Foundation stands with allies of the LGBTQA population to fight the barriers of discrimination that divide us and to prevent the acts of hate that devastate our communities.

Pride Month has traditionally been a time to recognize the history and impact of LGBTQA individuals worldwide. Sadly, we recognize this weekend’s tragedy in a long line of violence perpetrated against the LGBTQA community. We recognize the potential trauma of this hateful act for all individuals impacted by prejudice and discrimination, who have had to hide for fear of coercion and violence from the world around them. As a foundation, we acknowledge the long road to healing and recovery ahead. This road begins as we embrace one another with love and acceptance.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their loved ones, and the greater community.

The Hogg Foundation advances recovery and wellness in Texas by supporting mental health services, policy analysis, research and public education. The foundation was created in 1940 by the children of former Texas Gov. James S. Hogg and is part of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin.