I shouldn’t be posting this today. This shouldn’t be happening. But here we are.
I’d like to take a moment to reflect on what has happened in Orlando.
In this month of Pride, of celebration for the strength and unity of the LGBTQ+ community, a man took it upon himself to enter Pulse and open fire. So far, the information we have says that fifty people have died and another fifty-three are injured. There are families and friends who still don’t know what has happened to their loved ones.
It is shocking and devastating. It breaks my heart. Worst of all, it serves as a painful reminder that the world has come so far and yet has so far to go. The LGBTQ+ community continues to suffer at the hands of those who are too blinded by their prejudices to see the truth in all things – we are one. We are people.
Love is love. It is a phrase we hear so often now in connection with the community. But I’d like to take this chance to say that the concept is not purely one for the LGBTQ+ community: it’s for everyone.
This kind of attack is an attempt to punish and to frighten. What we must do, as a collective of all humanity, is to stay strong and stay together and say we are not afraid. In the face of animosity, it is the courage to stand up and say that we will not take this anymore that removes the power from hate.
One man has caused untold devastation. And there are more like him out there. And this violence not only impacts the LGBTQ+ community but many others as well.
And we are stronger than them all.