LGBT Groups Issue Statement of Support for Trayvon Martin

Thirty-five left-of-center lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) groups have released a statement regarding Trayvon Martin, saying, “[W]e will honor Trayvon Martin by strengthening our commitment to end bias, hatred, profiling and violence across our communities.”

The groups commitment to honor Martin by "ending bias and profiling" came just hours before Martin’s friend revealed that he had profiled Zimmerman as a gay "rapist.”

Rachel Jeantel, a key witness in the prosecution's failed case against George Zimmerman, first made headlines when inconsistencies were revealed in her statements and after she made controversial statements when she testified Martin said he racially profiled Zimmerman as a “creepy ass cracka.” 

Jeantel was a guest on Piers Morgan hours after the LGBT groups’ statement of support was released and claimed, “Definitely after I say might be a rapist, for every boy, for every man, every... who’s not that kind of way, see a grown man following them, would they be creep [sic] out?”

The LGBT groups signing on to the statement of support for Martin are listed below:

All Out
American Civil Liberties Union
Believe Out Loud
BiNet USA
Bisexual Resource Center
Center for Black Equity
CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers
Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals
Equality Federation
Family Equality Council
Freedom to Work
Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network
Gay-Straight Alliance Network (GSA Network)
GetEQUAL
GMHC
GLAD
GLAAD
Harvey Milk Foundation
Human Rights Campaign
Immigration Equality
Lambda Legal
Movement Advancement Project
National Black Justice Coalition
National Center for Lesbian Rights
National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs
National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
National Minority AIDS Council
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
PFLAG National
The Trevor Project
Trans Advocacy Network
Transgender Law Center
Trans People of Color Coalition

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