The entire Capital Pride family extends our deepest sympathies to the loved ones of Shira Banki and wishes a speedy recovery to all those victimized in the attack on the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade.
Shira, who died of stab wounds she sustained during the attack, and the other participants were taking part in a celebration of love, acceptance, and equality when they were confronted with hatred and violence. Their courage to stand up for the LGBT community in the face of such brutal and vehement animosity will long be remembered.
We know that such acts of violence could happen to any one of us anywhere as we stand up for our rights or just go on about our daily lives. But no fear, no threat of violence, and no extremist attack will prevent us from moving forward toward equality and acceptance not only here but around the world.
When that day comes, we will remember Shira Banki and all the other heroes and heroines who helped us get there. In her memory, let’s rededicate ourselves to making sure that day happens as soon as possible.
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