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THERE IS NOT MUCH TO SAY THAT HAS NOT ALREADY BEEN SAID ABOUT THE TERRIBLE EVENTS THAT UNFOLDED 12 JUNE IN ORLANDO FLORIDA.
People were executed.
People were executed because someone thought they were gay.
People were executed because someone thought they were gay and hated and feared homosexuality.
People were executed because someone thought they were gay, hated and feared homosexuality and believed strongly he was justified in the executions.
People were executed and the world sent “prayers” and “thoughts”.
What is evident is violence against the LGBT community is still a daily reality and it would seem a large part of the LGBT community forgets this violence is real and happening now.
Just because that violence is not in your backyard does not mean its not happening to you. Any violence against LGBT persons should infuriate you into action.
When this violence happens without an equally strong response the whole global LGBT community suffers.
Without a strong, vocal and persistent response denouncing these executions and supporting the victims we give room to those who continue to believe LGBT persons are less-than-human and do not deserve any human rights.
There are many people in your own community – no matter where you live – that feel very strongly any LGBT person is less-than-human and can be treated inhumanely. Inhumane ways like summary execution in a nightclub.
In the same breath our straight politicians, straight business leaders, organized religious leaders and law enforcement say they support LGBT communities, they stand by in self-serving ways and do nothing to actually stop the violence or provide human rights.
It is time to stop listening and start acting. Acting out in very real ways.
Demanding action from politicians, business leaders and organized religion to put action behind their words. Holding them accountable for inaction. Demand they do something more than speak and pray to stop the daily violence against LGBT community members and to act in real ways to support the words they speak.
Two gay men kissed. So gay men had to be executed. This is the belief system of religious fundamentalists and conservative mainstream communities at work. An expression of love is met with the most horrific expression of violence.
Make no mistake about it. If you are gay, lesbian, bi, trans or whatever queer destination you enjoy, you are under attack. Your allies are not your allies unless they are equally outraged by the violence and adding their voice, vote and actions to making positive change real for all LGBT persons.
So think about that during Pride celebrations this year while you live-it-up, get drunk and enjoy yourself. Pride is a protest. Pride is a celebration. Pride is our persistent response to those who oppose human rights for everyone, including LGBT persons.
At any moment some conservative-thinking extremist who thinks you are trash because you are gay will pull out a weapon and kill you and your friends. And all the world will do is send “prayers” and “thoughts” your way.
Two gay men kissed. We cannot let the legacy of that love be violence.
Maybe it’s only in my mind
Where love reigns all the time
Do you believe? I still believeKristine W. - Let Love Reign
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