The horrific events that unfolded in Orlando have left so many of us saddened, outraged and confused. I've struggled to find the words to express my own emotions, and I know you will join me in extending condolences to the people of Orlando and to the entire LGBTQ community who have been directly or indirectly affected by this unimaginable tragedy.
There is still much that we don't know about these events. As I write this, we have every indication that our partners are all safe and accounted for, but we have been saddened to learn that some have friends who were killed or injured in the shooting. We are providing support assistance to local partners, and will have extra managers at our nearby store to help cover shifts and other needs as necessary.
We join the country in trying to make sense of such senseless violence. It is in times like this, however, that I am reminded of the power of our supportive and inclusive culture, one in which we band together to rise above hatred, indifference, and cowardice, and find solace and compassion among one another, within our community. We must choose unity over divisiveness. And love over hatred.
Our thoughts and our prayers are with all those affected by this tragedy. As always, I am proud to be your partner.