FT. LAUDERDALE (June 12, 2016) AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) today mourns the senseless, brutal, murderous attack on the LGBTQ community in Orlando, a city where AHF provides HIV/AIDS care and services including free HIV testing. The AHF-supported Impulse Group has one of its largest chapters in Orlando, and the Pulse nightclub is one of its major community partners.
“Our hearts are heavy as we mourn today, standing in solidarity with the Orlando community and the entire LGBTQ community worldwide, as an attack on any one of us is an attack on all of us,” said Michael Weinstein, President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation. “As far as we know at this time, all of our AHF and Impulse people are safe. Our staff is giving blood, volunteering and we are dispatching our Orlando mobile testing van to assist in the blood drive at The Center Orlando. AHF has also made a large contribution to a fund set up by The Center to assist victims and survivors.”
Impulse United is a volunteer group of active gay men in collaboration AHF whose purpose is to promote healthier lifestyles using modern social approaches. This Federation of groups accomplishes this vision through breaking social barriers in communities with such need.
The weekend marks the observation of LGBTQ Pride in many cities around the country, including Los Angeles with its Pride Parade happening today. AHF’s theme this year is “One Comm(unity), One Love,” a slogan that communicates the sense of strength and unity among LGBTQ individuals, especially in the face of the HIV/AIDS virus that disproportionately affects their community, a now bittersweet but sadly somehow more fitting theme in light of the Orlando tragedy.
NOTE: Due to the overwhelming outpouring of support in the aftermath of the Orlando shooting tragedy, in lieu of creating an independent fund, AHF has instead made a $100,000 financial contribution to the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida (The Center) to be administered as they see fit to assist victims and families affected by the tragedy. For those who are considering supporting an AHF fund for the victims and families, please consider making a contribution to The Center’s fund here.