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Public Statement from Bridges to Belonging Denouncing Hate Crimes and Supporting the 2SLGBQTIA+ Community

Posted in: News | On: July 1st, 2023 | by Admin

Bridges to Belonging is committed to fostering a community that values and embraces diversity,
inclusivity, and equality. We believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every individual. We are
deeply committed to building communities where everyone can live as their most authentic selves, express themselves freely, and thrive without fear of harm or discrimination.

It is with profound sadness that we address the recent act of violence that occurred at the University of
Waterloo. Our thoughts are with the victims of this horrific attack, their families, friends, and the
students traumatized by this act of hate and aggression, acknowledging the harm and grief they are

Today, we stand united in denouncing all acts of hate, oppression, and discrimination against any and all
community members.

We believe everyone has the right to self-expression, safety, security, contribution, and a sense of
belonging. This is the true meaning of community.

It is incumbent upon each of us to take personal responsibility in ensuring that everyone feels safe and
secure. We encourage community members to examine their own biases, challenge stereotypes, and to
work together to dismantle systemic barriers that perpetuate hate and discrimination. By engaging in
respectful dialogue, educating ourselves and others, and fostering an inclusive culture, we can foster an
environment where everyone can live authentically and express themselves without fear.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” We must recognize that our individual identities are interconnected, and by embracing our shared humanity, we can build a community that celebrates diversity and cultivates understanding, acceptance, and empathy.

Collective action is equally vital. We urge individuals, organizations, and institutions to join forces in
combating hate crimes and fostering an atmosphere of acceptance and support. Together, we can
advocate for policies and initiatives that protect the rights and well-being of all community members. By
standing up against hate, we send a clear message that discrimination and violence have no place within
our community.

Let us remember that our differences are a source of strength, enriching the fabric of our community. By
embracing our diversity and treating each other with respect and compassion, we can create a society
where everyone can live their most authentic selves and fulfill their potential.

We recognize the unique challenges faced by this community and are committed to creating and
maintaining learning and working environments where everyone can fully participate, thrive, and reach
their full potential, free from trauma, bias, stereotyping, oppression, and systemic racism. As our name
indicates, we are committed to building bridges of belonging that transcend all barriers and promote a
culture of understanding, acceptance, and love. We firmly believe that diversity enriches our
community, making it stronger, more vibrant, and more resilient. We encourage all community members to stand together against hate, discrimination, oppression, and violence and to support and
uplift the 2SLGBQTIA+ community.

Together, we can create a community that exemplifies the values of compassion, diversity, inclusivity,
and justice. We call upon all individuals, organizations, and institutions to join us in this crucial
endeavour. Let us stand shoulder to shoulder, united in our commitment to eradicating hate and
creating a world where every person can live their truth and be celebrated for who they are.

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