How long do we have to wait before we can search for a strategy that might help us prevent slaughter like this from happening in the future?
Do I need to have security detail every time I run out to get milk at the corner store for me to know what I’m talking about? Or do I just need protection when I hold hands with, or dare to kiss the man I love in public? Tell me… when will enough be enough?
Barely free, and absolutely not brave.
“With homosexuals, it’s the same. Out of compassion, let’s get rid of them now.”
If a space that was designed for us to revel in our queerness, our brownness, our language is wrecked, where else can we go? And the answer is nowhere.
For every person out there who feels alone and scared, please know, you are not alone. We are holding your hand from miles away. America is going to stand by you.
This man, who claims to have been in a relationship with Omar Mateen for roughly two months, says that Omar felt “used” by Latino men, and that was his motivation for the horrendous attack.
So mourn, and send support, and watch the news, care for your loved ones, and I will too, but things have changed and that is why this is about me, and why I am writing to you. This is about me because I am a part of a country that is broken and hurting, where people are scared to go to vigils, or sporting events, or school.
“I am moved to tears yet again as I struggle to put our experience into words. In spite of a few hateful, broken human beings in this world who can all too easily legally get their hands on mass assault weapons – people ARE kind.”
While these shootings were happening I was in a gay club in Montevideo. I was dancing, drinking and having fun with some friends. It could have been me.