We mourn those lost in Orlando this weekend, and our heart goes out to the victims, families and loved ones touched by this horrific tragedy. As President Obama said: This was an act of terror and hate.
But we face a choice – as individuals, as a community, and as a country. A choice about whether to come together as one people and live our values, or a choice to splinter, turn on each other, and turn on our values in fear.
America is strongest when we are united. It is strongest when we celebrate our diversity. It is strongest when we promote those values abroad and live them here at home. When we love each other.
That’s the message of Pride. And that’s how we defeat hate, and how we protect America.