There are no words to describe the horror, pain, dismay, disgust and grief that consumes the LGBT+ community and the rest of the world when considering what has happened this weekend in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, USA.
I have many, many thoughts on the topic, but none seem adequate. This could have been any one of us, straight or LGBT+ This is a hate crime of monstrous proportions.
Whenever anyone says, why do we need LGBT+ activism, or why do we need Pride, or why do we need an LGBT+ staff network, then I will ask them to think of this day.
Fifty people died today because of hate.
We need to hold together, all of us who are committed to making the world a better, fairer and inclusive place to live. We need to embrace our difference and diversity, honour each other’s viewpoints and beliefs, and live together either in harmony or in an agreement of mutual acceptance and tolerance.
I heard on the radio today the recording of the mother of one of the victims, begging for an end to violence.
Her son is dead.
Her life will never be the same again. She will soon bury her son and take up a life burdened by unspeakable pain and grief
Multiply that pain by fify, by a hundred. Then by the millions around the world who witness this event and grieve also. Our pain is nothing to theirs, but our lives will also never be the same.
Guns and homophobia, politics and hate, there are no words, not really. There can never be words big enough and powerful enough, nothing is strong enough to capture the depth of sadness and the anguish of this senseless loss of life.
The media try to make it about guns. It is not about guns, it is about homophobia and violence.
It is about an horrific resurgence of the fear that characterised the lives of so many members of our community for so long, a fear we thought we were eroding with the advent of better legislation, better social awareness, greater inclusion and greater visibility of LGBT+ people and issues.
More than ever, it is clear that there is a great deal of work still to be done to create true equality and make the world safe for everyone.
If ever we needed solidarity it is now.
With love and in sorrow
THE LGBT+ Staff network at Swansea University
#Orlando #Orlandoshooting #Orlandonightclubshooting

June 13th, 2016

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