For all the innocent people who have lost their lives as a result of what may well have been Mateen's internalized homophobia turned outward, countless others lose their lives every day as a result of internalized homophobia and transphobia turned inward.
As we see the casualties mount with each new shooting, the one question gun advocates and gun opponents should both be asking, is: is there a way to save even one life, without threatening each person's ability to defend their own?
Fifty people have just died in a massacre by a gunman in Orlando. Most of the debate among politicians has since focused on banning guns and banning Muslims from entering US. Yet what killed fifty people was an idea; an idea that infected the mind of the gunman like a virus.
In the days since the shooting massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando that took the lives of 49 people, mostly from the LGBTQ community, and wounded many more, there have been countless commentaries about how the LGBTQ community should respond to this tragedy.
The shooting in Orlando was the deadliest attack on American soil since 911. An estimated 50 people died, and many more injured at the hands of a gunman.
Islam is a set of religious beliefs held by over 2 billion people. These beliefs are not based on fear mongering, persecution, or hatred. Yet we're currently dealing with rampant Islamophobia in the United States.
Never has a mass shooting elicited so much support -- for the shooter. You think these voices are the few, but they're not. They are many. But these voices are important. They show exactly what it is like to be gay in the world today. And let's not forget that any one of these people can go out and buy a gun. I mean, what's stopping them?
No one is suggesting that by limiting the sale of certain types of guns or doing background checks we will eliminate the types of mass shootings that have become an all too common occurrence in the U.S.
Those inside Pulse felt that sense of community on the dance floor and at the bar. And when a madman tried to take that all away, he created a greater sense of community that comes from a shared grief. There is a there there in the hearts and tears of Orlando.
Call the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando an act of terrorism, call it a hate crime, a mass murder - it is an abomination, in the truest sense of that word, an act of craven disregard for the image of the Divine in each human being.
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I can't stomach another battle of ideologies that ends in stagnation once we're feeling desensitized again. But I'd like to get to know the people who disagree with me better. Of all my beliefs, and believe me, I've got 'em, this one feels the most pressing, the most promising and the most likely to inspire change.
You see, we LGBT people didn't exactly get to experience our childhoods and teenage years in the way that others did. So we spend our 20s and 30s living that out. To others we are fierce and fearless, young and energetic, strong and courageous.
In the wake of the Orlando shootings, the AR-15 and weapons like it are in the spotlight because, once again, a semi-automatic rifle was used in the shooting. This time, it was technically a Sig Sauer MCX, but it's in the same classification of gun.