Re: Orlando Shooting

As others have said, in the wake of this tragedy, blood is needed for the wounded and yet many of us cannot donate. As a 21 year old black gay man, it can often be overwhelming to unpack the generations of cultural trauma that my communities have endured. I was at a gay nightclub last night. You just get ID’d and you walk right in. People don’t get patted down. And they shouldn’t have to. While I have my reservations about the capitalistic overtones of Gay Pride, Pride month is also about recognizing and speaking about the ways in which things like this shooting are born from a dominant culture that despises us. Where did this person learn to hate us? Casual homophobia, transphobia, femmephobia, and such are quite literally killing us. It can be easy in a liberal urban space to forget that there are many, many people who would love to slaughter all of us in the street as we march and sing and laugh and dance. This shooting is a manifestation of that animus. When you let your friends, relatives, coworkers, bosses, and the like get away with derogatory language about queer people, you are implicitly validating that animus. Take some time this month to reflect on that.

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