Trigger warning for homophobia, Islamophobia, homicide
No doubt you’ve all heard about what happened in Orlando on Saturday. If you haven’t, do a quick internet search of “Orlando shooting.”
I’m angry that people are dead. Innocent people. People who had families and friends and loved ones. People who cared about them, who they cared about. People who had hobbies and interests and jobs and went to school and had lives.
I’m angry that people have been so quick to politicize this issue. While I understand why it is a political issue, the fact that I heard about gun control and national security before I heard the victims’ names is nauseating. Remember that they’re people before you turn them into statistics.
I’m angry that people are politicizing the wrong aspect of this tragedy. That people are focused on the shooter being Muslim, rather than focusing on the fact that a civilian can by an assault rifle and carry it into a nightclub.
I’m angry that there are people who are celebrating this atrocity. That people think it is somehow deserved or the act of God. (If this is how your God works, your God is wrong.)
I’m angry that mainstream media doesn’t want to admit that this is a hate crime. As though it’s some sort of coincidence that a person went into a gay club after expressing disgust at homosexuality and killed people. Dozens of people. Dozens of LGBTQ people.
I’m angry. I’m queer, and I’m very, very angry.