Tragedy in Orlando

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the senseless tragic shooting in Orlando on Sunday. On behalf of GPO members we mourn the loss of life and send our love to the friends and families of those affected.

We also stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ2S community around the world. This tragedy is a painful reminder that LGBTQ2S people face hate and discrimination. We unequivocally condemn such hate and violence.

I had the privilege of marching in the Barrie Pride Parade on Saturday. It was a joyous event celebrating big growth in size and community support—the kind of day that makes you feel good about the world. To wake up to such horrific news on Sunday was heartbreaking.

The outpouring of support for the LGBTQ2S community in wake of such a senseless tragedy warms one’s heart and spirit, however.

Love will conquer hate. 

— Mike Schreiner