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Statement from CEO Kelsey Louie on Black Lives Matter

6.2.2020

Media Contacts:
Poul Olson
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Krishna Stone
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Dear GMHC Community,

 
The troubling events of the last week have distressed all of us here at GMHC. Our hearts go out to the family of George Floyd and all Black people in our country who have been affected by police brutality and systemic racism.
 
As an organization founded in response to discrimination, we have a responsibility to speak out during this difficult time in our history. We join the protestors in calling for justice in the murder of George Floyd and all Black people who have been killed or brutalized by law enforcement. We also stand committed to addressing structural racism that marginalizes Black people and people of color in all areas of our society including equal access to housing, food, education, and health care.
 
At GMHC, we confront the systemic and intersectional inequities that contribute to high HIV infection rates for people of color, the LGBTQ community, and those living in poverty. They include lack of access to healthy food, stable housing, and quality health care. These disparities have been amplified during the COVID-19 pandemic. In New York City, we have seen that Black residents have experienced death and hospitalization rates more than twice the level of their white counterparts.
 
Now, more than ever, we must all raise our voices. GMHC will continue to fight for a more just world where race or economic status in life don’t determine your health status. We will speak out in solidarity with other groups calling for social justice for Black people and all people of color. We will advocate for policy changes at the local, state, and federal levels, to remove racial and economic barriers to healthy, productive lives for everyone. Black Lives Matter and we commit ourselves to the actions those words require.
 
Sincerely,
Kelsey Louie
 
 

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