As a writer, you would think that when something terrible happens, I should be able to conjure up the right words to make sense of it, to inspire us to look forward, even to help. But no such words come to mind today.
I am not sure what shocks me more – the amount lives lost in Orlando, each one someone’s family or friend; that in 2016 gay clubs are still a target; or that a man could be inspired by hate to shoot at defenseless people. Each one of those realizations is a earthquake, until you you can no longer stand from the reverberations of grief and shock. But stand we must, and we must do it together.
I urge to steer away from the conversations that will muddy up the waters. Conversations about gun control, for instance. Not because it isn’t important, it is – but it will not bring back anyone that has passed. Conversations about whether “prayers” help or not. Yes, politicians like to say how they are “praying” for the victims of the latest tragedy, and it can make us cynical, but remember some people find solace and peace in prayer time with their god, please do not belittle them for that. Conversations about immigration – hate is fostered by people of all color, just because one organization is grabbing the headlines doesn’t negate that hate is everywhere.
Instead I urge you to hug someone you love, donate to the victims (always be wary of online funding, check to make sure it is legit), and continue to stand with the LGBT community in their time of grief.
Let those in your life who are part of the LGBT community know that they matter and what has happened in our community matters. You can only combat hate with love. Even in the face of terrible tragedy, only love will bring peace.
We at The Black Pomegranate will be part of the conversation on the social media, and send our thoughts and love to the families of the victims and the LGBT community in Orlando.
Stay safe, kinky people!
“In the face of hate and violence, we will love one another. We will not give in to fear or turn against each other.” – President Obama