#OrlandoShootings Will Not Stop Us We’ve Come To Far To Go Back

2A32B7F700000578-0-image-a-8_1435929057376 (1)Not since the murder of innocents in Sandy Hook have I been so affected as by the tragedy we witnessed this past Sunday in Orlando and continue to see now that the stories of those killed and wounded come forth.

I like many around the world sat in disbelief that yet again there was another mass killing by a madman here in the United States. But for me this time it was different as my brethren of the LGBT community were the targets of such brutality. One can never reconcile as much as we may try in our minds how this could have happened. What evil had been implanted in a mind to carry out such a diabolical and senseless deed.

I will let others put different labels on this event and the shooter, the only label important to me is this was a homophobic attack on innocent people whose only offense was spending an evening with friends and strangers in a safe place to be who they are without condemnation.  Read more of this post

Let’s Get Something “Straight”: The Pulse Nightclub Shooting Is Not About ISIL

The Zen of Mascara

I am so sad right now for my queer brothers and sisters in Florida. I grew up in South Florida—a place where even my bigoted, racist family found tolerance for gays and Jews.

But I’m also outraged.

We—the LGBTQ community—have been under siege for decades. From the 15,000+ homosexuals killed in the Holocaust under the Third Reich, the continual police raids on Stonewall Inn; to the brutal beating and death of Matthew Shepard; to the victims of The Upstairs Lounge whom churches in NoLa refused to hold services for or bury; to Jenny Jones Show guest Scott Amedure; to the thousands of LGBT youth who take their own lives and the hundreds of other gay, bi, and trans people who are routinely attacked; and finally to yesterday’s shooting at Pulse in Orlando.

“The religion of Islam hates homosexuals.”
Well, Christianity hates them just as much.

“Muslim extremism caused this.”
No. Still-rampant homophobia…

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