LGBTQ community reacts after former cop Derek Chauvin found guilty of murdering George Floyd

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Former Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of murdering George Floyd. Chauvin, who is white, knelt on Floyd’s neck for several minutes as he lay handcuffed on the ground. Floyd was a Black man and his death touched off days of international protest. Chauvin was charged with second- and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Punishments range from 10-40 years varying on the charge. Chauvin was convicted on all three counts. He will be sentenced after a separate hearing, but his bail was revoked and he was taken into custody. The verdict was met with celebration and caution in the queer community as LGBTQ people reacted online. Many leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement are part of the community.  Some of the tweets in minutes included Cher “O Happy Day”, Rosie “Thank God”, Billy Porter “Lock. Him. Up.” Ellen “Justice”, Randy Rainbow was precise and clear “Thank fuck”.

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