we are orlando6/17/2016
I could go on a diatribe about gun control laws or hate crimes or domestic terror, but those conversations aren't the point of this. They are important conversations for sure and ones that should be addressed regardless of the events in Orlando. The point is that 49 innocent people are gone and an entire community lost not only their own, but the growing sense of progress and security that they have. The victims deserve more, better; those who are left deserve more, better. So for the time being, I'll choose unconditional love. I'll choose to remember the victims, especially the one that I knew as the shining light that he was. I'll choose to remember that there are heroes among us. I'll choose to support those who need it, to believe that there is hope that minds & hearts can be changed, to live life where others tragically cannot, to endeavor to make an impact where I can, and to hold those whom I love a little closer, a little tighter.
If I have one message for the people who are trying to come to reconcile themselves with the tragic events in Orlando it is this (and I'm borrowing a line from Harvey Milk here): Hope will never be silent.
As a member of the Virginia Tech community, I stand with you.
As an ally of the LGBTQ community, I stand with you.
And most importantly, as a citizen of the world, I stand with you.
We are Orlando.