I have few coherent words. KG MacGregor has words and they are all, as usual, very coherent. Please read.
Of course we will see the true stripes of our oppressors today. We will see prettified homophobia and racism substituted for condemnation. It might be as simple as “Of course this was a terrible thing…” while the word “but” hangs in the air. The echo of that long ago and groundbreaking episode of Designing Women “all the right people died” and idea that there is nothing to see here, just tragedy as usual, so move along.
We’re going to see a sudden rush to push all the responsibility onto either a lone shooter or an ideology outside our borders. Just as Carly Fiorina doesn’t think she bears any responsibility for the murders at Planned Parenthood, Mike Huckabee, the “Family” Research Council and everyone who gives them money will think their hands are clean.
Why should they possibly connect supporting “Kill the Gays” overseas with the #PulseMassacre? They’ll crocodile tear for the camera and whistle while they work. They can shove their “thoughts and prayers.”
For those who think elections and judges don’t matter I have no time for you today.
We aren’t afraid of you.
We know real fear. For many of us who grew up lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, our greatest fear was never your automatic weapons, your fists or anything else born in your depraved heart.
Real fear was being unloved. By our parents, our siblings. By our extended families and dearest friends. By our schools, churches, workplaces and communities.
There’s nothing you can ever do to us that scares us more than the thought of losing love. But once we revealed ourselves to others — no matter the outcome — our worst fear was forever behind us.
So if your aim was to leave us in terror, you lose.
We are wounded. But as we mourn, we’ll honor those with the courage to celebrate their lives openly while you and your kind live…
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