There is so much to say about the shooting in Orlando this weekend. You could talk about how it was targeted at LGBTQA+ folk like myself, or you could talk about how it was a Latinx night there. You could talk about the race or religion of the shooter (but please don’t), or start debating gun control (but they won’t). Better people than me have covered these issues and will continue to do that. All I have to offer is my thoughts to the victims and their families.
It’s hard to imagine 50 lives ended because one man got angry at a couple of men kissing. I can’t get my head around that yet.
What I can say is that it is terrifying to me that so many people around the world actively hate people. People like me. Queer people. People who do not, will not conform. I know this isn’t what I normally talk about on this blog but I am queer as all hell and it scares me.
That said, my fear is only a tiny part of this. It is the fear of all of us that makes this thing real, and I’m afraid that people are going to hide because of it. We shouldn’t. Anyone standing outside of the neat little boxes assigned to us needs to step up and be proud, terrifying as it can be, because otherwise that shooter gets what he wanted.
Besides, he’s fighting a useless fight. He will never stop progress, and we will never go away.
Remember, there are far more good people in the world than bad. Kindness & love aren’t always as easy to see, but I promise they are there.
— TheBloggess (@TheBloggess) June 12, 2016