This morning, as I unlocked my phone and opened Twitter, my heart stopped and stomach feel as I began to read the headlines that a man had opened fire at a gay nightlight in Orlando, Florida, killing 50 people and wounding at least another 53.
My first reaction was anger.
Immense, horrifying and extreme sadness.
This wasn’t just an attack on the American people, but an attack on all LGBTQ+ people worldwide. There is no separation between heterosexual people and those who identify otherwise, but rather a separation between us, and those who commit these hate crimes. Those who continue to spread hate towards our queer community do not deserve to be here. I do not care what your religion tells you. If you are offended by that, than you should stay off my blog.
This news comes just days after YouTube artist Christina Grimmie, was shot dead in Orlando whilst signing fans autographs.
It’s easy to sit here and say “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” But you’re wrong, so immensely wrong. You’ve heard it all before but I will say it again, Australia had its worst mass shooting in the nations history in 1997, and the Australian Government almost immediately put new laws in place to prohibit the sale of automatic weapons, as well issue a nation wide crackdown on gun sales, possession and ownership. How many mass shooting have occurred in Australian since 97? 0.
As I am still processing the terror of what happened last night, all I do is send out my love, compassion and sympathy to the victims, as well as their friends and families who have been affected. You did not deserve this and I cannot begin to imagine what you are going through.
“To those – straight or gay – who thought that queer liberation was already achieved this is a painful reminder it has not been” – Dazed