Statement from the NGLCC Board of Directors in Solidarity Against AAPI Hate
We, the Board of Directors of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, the business voice of the LGBT community, stand in solidarity with our Asian American and Pacific Islander members, partners, and allies.
Over the past year our nation has seen a rise in racially motivated hate crimes against our Asian neighbors, friends, colleagues, and community members. In recent weeks, harassment and physical violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders has escalated, including the most recent atrocities in Atlanta. The xenophobia that underlies these attacks on Asian friends is not new to us as an LGBT and allied community, but the pervasiveness of it is. It cannot be tolerated and we must band together as diverse communities, as one nation and as Americans to fight back against such ugly and dangerous behavior.
The NGLCC is proud to have long-standing relationships with leading Asian business and community organizations, including the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC) and National Asian American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (National ACE), strengthening ties between our communities and highlighting the power of our intersections.
The time is now for us to stand as one unified community to demand action and declare together that discrimination, bigotry and violence against any fellow human being is wrong and will not be tolerated. The NGLCC stands in solidarity with all who believe, as we do, that we must #StopAAPIHate.
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