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Resist Islamophobia post-Orlando, says LGBT activist

One phobia does not counter another. Cindy Wiesner warns against anti-Muslim sentiment in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Orlando.
Mourner Zuleyha Ozonder holds a #NotInMyName poster during a post-Orlando candle vigil in Seattle on Sunday, June 12, 2016. ((Lindsey Wasson/The Seattle Times via AP)
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49 people dead. Another 53 injured. The shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando early Sunday morning has been declared the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

LGBT groups across North America are taking stock following the events in Florida. Among them, Cindy Wiesner — national coordinator of the North Miami-based group, Grassroots Global Justice.

In the aftermath of the shooting, Wiesner joins guest host Gill Deacon to share how the news is reverberating through the local community, and why she warns against Islamophobic backlash as details emerge about the shooter.

One phobia will not solve another. Florida LGBT activist Cindy Wiesner warns against Islamophobia in the wake of the mass shooting targeting LGBT club goers in Orlando. (Geoff Crimmins/Moscow-Pullman Daily News via the AP)

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