Statement on Recent Events - March 7, 2017
“The question is whether we love our neighbors as ourselves. In Tulsa, the answer is yes.” – Dennis R. Neill
We are heartbroken to learn of the vandalism and harassment perpetrated against the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, which is operated by Oklahomans for Equality in our hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
These incidents hit especially close to home as the Center is named for one of our own colleagues and longtime friends, Dennis Neill.
Since 1980, Oklahomans for Equality has worked with its allies to provide a safe space for our LGBTQ community. The Center’s dedicated staff and committed volunteers believe, as we do, that every person has the right to be who they are and live in peace and safety.
Yesterday’s attacks are not representative of the Tulsa community. We are proud of the police and community leaders who work every day to ensure that Tulsa remains a welcoming, respectful and secure home.
Yet, these acts of bigotry prove that there is more work to be done.
It seems, every day, we wake up to more painful reports of hatred in our country. We must not let this become our status quo. Instead, as we continue to ensure justice for the LGBTQ community, let us stand in solidarity against discrimination in all its ugly forms.
Let us stand for good in the face of evil and love, understanding and equality for all.
Co-Chair, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation