Dear Flight Attendants,
Below is an excerpt of the statement that AFA International issued about the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando this past weekend.
“The Association of Flight Attendants joins together as one, heads bowed in mourning for the victims of the massacre in Orlando.
It appears the gunman targeted our LGBTQ community, acting on an unfathomable level of hatred. As a union that has long championed the rights of LGBTQ workers, we will not allow the victims to be defined by their killer. These were ordinary people in every respect –neighbors, friends, co-workers, family. They deserved to be embraced by love, not cut down by hate….
[W]e send our love – 50,000 strong – to the families and friends of the victims in Orlando, and to our members and all Americans whose heart is hurting. We will stand together until love triumphs over evil.”
If you or a family member has been impacted by this tragedy, please remember that our AFA EAP stands ready to support and assist you. Please also remember that terrorism can create strong feelings regardless of whether you have a direct connection to this tragedy. AFA EAP is available to any member as well as their loved ones who would like confidential assistance. AFA EAP can be reached through their toll free helpline at 800-424-2406. You can also find your AFA Alaska EAP representatives at http://afaalaska.org/eap.