On June 12, 2016, 49 individuals were massacred while dancing at Pulse Nightclub, a gay bar in Orlando Florida. 53 others were injured.
We are a group of queer activists who believe that the dance floor should be a safe space where all of us, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, can love and express ourselves.
Our bodies, our beautiful, magnificent, glamorous, loving, hip-shaking, head-thumping, fist-pumping, ass-twerking, LGBTQAI+ bodies matter. Period.
On June 12, dance was taken away from us by hate. Today, we choose to reclaim it.
WERK for Peace is a queer-based grassroots movement that uses dance to promote peace. The queer community has always been at the forefront of promoting change, and from Stonewall to Pulse, dance is integral to our movement, and to our healing.
We take to the streets around the world to claim space and assert: We are here. And we will dance. We take to the bars and clubs and we assert: We are here. We will dance.
But let's get real. We don't just dance. We WERK.