Every time there is mass violence, it hurts. The incident on Latinx night at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, this past weekend hits particularly close to home. Many of us here at Wear Your Voice identify as queer, BIPOC/POC, or both. The feeling of “That could have been me” or “That could have been someone I love” has been repeated over and over, either aloud or in our heads and our hearts.
This tragedy was the most fatal single-shooter massacre in American history. Let that sink in. The shooter’s father said that his son had seen two men kissing several months ago and had been stewing over it ever since. This was a hate crime steeped in homophobia and fragile masculinity. The situation has raised desperately important questions about gun laws and protecting safe places for oppressed communities.
Rather than spotlight a man whose hate has devastated so many lives, let’s celebrate coming together. We can remember those whose lives have been lost while being real about what happened to put us here: hatred steeped patriarchy and homophobia, worsened by weak gun control. Activists and regular people alike took to Twitter to comfort and discuss what happened.
Twitter Comes Through for Orlando
Sending love, healing + resiliency to those wounded, affected & grieving in Orlando's LGBTQ community especially Latinx community targeted.
— Janet Mock (@janetmock) June 12, 2016
Almost all of us in the LGBTQ community have thought "this could have been me & my friends" &/or "this could've been my city"
— BlackTransExcellence (@eTheHustla) June 13, 2016
— Lottie L'Amour (@Lottie_Lamour) June 13, 2016
— Jennicet Gutiérrez (@JennicetG) June 12, 2016
I fear for my life on a daily basis because I am black, because I am queer, & because I have a femme body and guns certainly make that worse
— pilot adultman (@pilotbacon) June 12, 2016
I am proud to be a part of two communities with revolution in their DNA: LGBT and Latino.
— ??JuanPa?? (@jpbrammer) June 12, 2016
For the next 24 hours I will do pro Bono counseling for any LGBT persons who need it. Whether it's phone or Skype, you are not alone
— Memphissippian (@CuntryCounselor) June 12, 2016
— ColorOfChange.org (@ColorOfChange) June 12, 2016
Every shooting hurts, but a shooting at a Latino night at a gay bar during Immigrant Heritage Month and Pride Month stings a salty sting.
— Mathew Rodriguez (@mathewrodriguez) June 12, 2016
It doesn't matter if the shooter was Muslim
His identity, our fear, our sadness: nothing justifies islamophobia pic.twitter.com/zE8OU1x0rc
— Jacob Tobia (@JacobTobia) June 12, 2016
— jade (@camilastoubia) June 12, 2016
— DigitalBridget (@BridgetMarie) June 12, 2016
And a reminder from poet of the Harlem Renaissance, a gay Black man himself, Langston Hughes. Someone has adopted a Twitter account for his poetry and this sadly fits perfectly.
I am so tired of waiting,
For the world to become good
And beautiful and kind?
— Langston Hughes (@langston_poems) July 18, 2015