A delegation headed by the Québec Minister of International Relations Christine St-Pierre and the Delegate General of Québec in New York Jean-Claude Lauzon visited HRC’s office in Washington, D.C., yesterday to pay their respects to the victims of the Orlando shooting.
Minister St-Pierre and her colleagues laid a bouquet at the memorial HRC unveiled last week in memory of those lost in the horrific Orlando shooting. HRC installed images of all 49 victims of the attack in the front windows of its building, creating an 8-story composite image that carries the message "We Are Orlando."
“I offer my deepest condolences on behalf of the Government and people of Québec to the families and loved ones of the victims of the tragedy that occurred in Orlando on June 12,” Minister St-Pierre said in a message to HRC. “We strongly condemn these acts of violence and stand in solidarity with our American neighbors and friends as well as with the LGBTQ community. We must remain strong and united in the face of hatred and terror.”
The minister and her delegation met with HRC Chief of Staff Joni Madison, Senior Vice President Mary Beth Maxwell and other staff to convey their condolences.
"It was a honor and a privilege to meet with Minister St-Pierre and the rest of the delegation from Québec,” Madison said. “It was a touching and moving gesture for them to take the time out of their busy trip in D.C. to come pay their respects to the victims in Orlando. The government in Québec has made great efforts to advance a pro-equality agenda, and we hope their time here will be an important step in establishing a friendship and partnership to help the global LGBTQ community.”
In the aftermath of the Orlando massacre, HRC called for common-sense gun violence prevention policies, noting that LGBTQ people have been targeted in bias-motivated attacks for decades and that access to deadly weapons compounds this unacceptable threat.