I don’t have words to express my thoughts and feelings today. 50 queer folks shot, and as many as 50 more injured, in a mass shooting in Orlando.
It saddens me, as a queer person and as a human being, to think that I live in a world that is filled with deadly homophobia and transphobia. And let’s not forget racism and Islamophobia. Please remember that the majority of folks killed and injured were queer People of Colour and the shooter is likely to be vilified as a Muslim terrorist, rather than a homophobic misogynist.
It’s terrifying to think about the magnitude of this crime, the number of lives impacted. Marginalized folks, trying to relax, share love and have a great night in what they thought was a “safe space.”
I don’t really know what to say. I’ve been disturbed and upset by the oppressive, ignorant and transphobic laws that are being passed and debated in some USA states. The fact that governments think these types of bathroom laws are protecting people would be laughable, if it weren’t so damn offensive. When governments stir up hate…it’s a dangerous situation. Transgender folks just want to pee in peace. Just like those queer folks in Orlando just wanted to dance with friends and loved ones and enjoy a Saturday night out.
At the end of the day, transphobia and homophobia don’t make a lot of sense. Neither does racism. I won’t start with that “all people are the same” nonsense. No, people aren’t all the same. People have different lived experiences. People have different paths and different options. But that’s okay, it’s great, it’s a wonderful thing. Diversity should be celebrated. It shouldn’t be erased with a colour blind attitude, and it shouldn’t be erased through violence. Diversity should not be feared.
You can’t make a rainbow with only one colour. You can’t bake a cake with only one ingredient. You can’t solve every problem using one approach.
Diversity is what gives humanity it’s strength and resilience. All people’s voices must be heard, and that often means that dominant groups need to speak more quietly and listen carefully.
Oh, and ban guns.