WHAT HAPPENS NOW? After orlando, how do we continue as a family?
And I understood his fear. Because I feel it in myself. We have spent so much time gathering the courage to come out of the closet, learning to accept and love ourselves, only to be forced back into it. As a community, having one of our safe spaces violated in such a violent way is devastating. Acts like these and resulting media manipulation force a tremendous amount of fear upon us. Not just the LGBTQI+ community, but the Latinx community, the Muslim community, all of us as Americans are manipulated by this fear.
But this is exactly what LGBTQI+ Pride is about. We should never have to be afraid to be exactly who we are.