Don't let terror divide LGBTQ, Muslim communities

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  • 49 people were killed and more than 50 injured in a shooting in Orlando
  • Sahar Aziz: Muslims, LGBTQ community should stand together in wake of attack

Sahar Aziz is an associate professor at Texas A&M University School of Law and nonresident fellow at Brookings Doha Center. The views expressed are her own.

(CNN)When you are a member of a minority group, your identity almost inevitably shapes your initial response to news of a violent crime. For Muslims, it is often "please don't let it have been a Muslim who did this." For members of the LGBTQ community, it is dread that the victim may have been targeted for his or her sexual orientation. So when news broke of the horrific mass shooting at a club in Orlando