I hugged my children and cried last night as I watched the London Gay Men’s Chorus sing “Bridge Over Troubled Water” at a vigil for Orlando in the United Kingdom. In the face of hate and unfathomable violence, the strength and compassion of the LGBTQ2S community shone like a beacon of light. Like President Shoukri, Provost Lenton and Vice-President Brewer last night, I want to extend my condolences to the families of those killed on Sunday, as well as my unwavering support to LGBTQ2S students at York, in Toronto and around the world.
York University is a large, richly diverse learning environment; collectively we hold sacred the values of respect and inclusion. Students, faculty and staff on our campuses pride ourselves on working hard to create safe spaces for everyone. Particularly in this time of shock, sadness and profound grief, however, please take the time to be there for your peers and colleagues — at York, let’s make sure that community remains the fulcrum of support and engagement. Also remember that if you would like to talk to someone, you should contact Personal Counselling Services, the Office of Student Community Relations or Good2Talk.
If you’d like to talk to me personally, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 416-736-5955.
Please take care of yourself and each other.