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Monday, June 13, 2016

To the Victims of the Pulse Nightclub Massacre (and the victims everywhere, every day)




I am so sorry.

To each of you who were murdered, I am sorry.

To all of the other lgbtq folk murdered this year, and every year, by people in this country, I am sorry.

To those murdered anywhere, again, I am so, so very sorry.

Too many deaths to count. Too many deaths.

How long do we let this culture of dehumanization and violence continue, where our brothers and sisters (and anyone anywhere in between, or neither) can be gunned down, knifed down, stomped on, beaten, or otherwise destroyed because some people think a man in the sky said only straight people deserve to live?

Where is our dignity?

Where is our right to pursue happiness, to live freely, to live at all??

Why do you hate us, when what we do can have no bearing on your lives at all?

If you don't like us, that's your choice - you don't have to like us. But please, please, stop killing us, and stop protecting, encouraging and enabling those who do.

Call out the people you hear speaking hate about us.

Call out the politicians who propose bills oppressing us, under pretense of 'protecting women and children'.

Call out hate where you see it, wherever, whenever you see it.

And love each other, Darlings, just as hard as you can. Love is all we have.


Love is all.


Just a few of the victims of the Pulse Nightclub massacre.


::tears::

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Remembering the victims of the Pulse Nightclub Massacre (Orlando, Florida):

Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34
Stanley Almodovar III, 23
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20
Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22
Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36
Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22
Luis S. Vielma, 22
Kimberly Morris, 37
Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30
Darryl Roman Burt II, 29
Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 
Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 
Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25 
Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 
Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 
Amanda Alvear, 25
Martin Benitez Torres, 33
Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37
Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35
Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25
Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31
Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26
Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25
Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40
Miguel Angel Honorato, 30
Joey Rayon Paniagua, 32
Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19
Cory James Connell, 21
Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37
Luis Daniel Conde, 39
Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33
Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25
Jerald Arthur Wright, 31
Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25
Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25
Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24
Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27
Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33
Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49
Yilmary Rodriguez Sulivan, 24
Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32
Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28
Frank Hernandez, 27
Paul Terrell Henry, 41
Antonio Davon Brown, 29
Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24
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Remembering all of those who have lost their lives, everywhere, due to anti-LGBTQI violence and hate.

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