People of Harrison, please know that the spell has now been broken and that the forces of darkness and hate hold no power here anymore. The Pride Festival was a watershed moment for our community. As a spiritual and political statement, it concerned many issues beyond simply gay pride. This event gave us a simple and clear choice as a community: love or hate. It really is that simple. We cannot allow the hateful and ignorant to control the conversation any longer.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
"I am officially standing up against the hate and division, speaking for those who cannot and will not. As a part of the LGBT community myself, I understand what it's like to be verbally beaten down by people who just don't understand. People need to realize that you don't have to understand someone to let them live in peace, and love who they want to love. We don't want to take over and corrupt innocent children (lol), we simply want to COEXIST in a town we've grown up in." - Alexx Breedlove
This event was a brave and mighty rebuke of the hateful minority, a beautiful blossoming of our loving majority, and a fitting funeral for the old ways of ignorance and judgment that we are hereby burying and putting away forever. The most effective way to defeat terrorism is to refuse to be afraid. Their only powers are those that we give them. Let's give them nothing but love.
The official count of guests that signed waivers for the 1st annual Harrison Pride Festival was 277, and over $3000 was raised for One Orlando! One of my goals for this essay is to illustrate how safe, fun and positive this event was and to encourage all of my local and regional friends to come support this event and others like it in the future. We can and we must stand up for love in the face of such obvious and wicked hatred.
A Tale of Two Wolves
A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always at war with each other.
One of them is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred and fear.
The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second then he looks up at his grandfather and says, “Grandfather, which one wins?”
The grandfather quietly replies, "The one you feed."
I know which wolf I'll feed. How about you?
"There is nothing to fear but fear itself." - Franklin Delano Roosevelt
What You Can Do to Help Us
People of America and the world, please recognize that we as a community of loving and kind human beings hereby reject and rebuke every action ever taken by these misguided, fearful and dangerous souls. We need your help spreading the good news of the love revolution that is taking place here. We are going to drown out their hateful rhetoric and lies with simple truth and love and hope. We need your positivity, your love and your prayers as we take back our community from the grip of hatred, fear and evil. They will probably attempt to strike back at some point as their power and relevance continues to diminish. No one likes being rejected, left behind and forgotten, but it's happening to them and they know it. The truth hurts but it will set us all free.
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."
If you are inspired by this and would like to help, the first thing you can do is to share every piece of positive news that you come across related to this event. If you would like to do more, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let's figure out what we can do next.