Pulse: Standing with the LGBTQ Community

pulse-ribbon-300x300We are all reeling from the horrific mass shooting that took place at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL. A vicious attack against people in the LGBTQ community on the club’s Latin night where many people in this community went to be themselves, to dance, to celebrate, to love, to live. It is painful to think that in the midst of exuberance and joy, there was an invasion of hate; hate in a person with a legally purchased assault rifle who proceeded to kill 49 people an injure 53 others. This is the America we live in. We live in a country where discrimination against people in the LBGTQ community is common and frequently justified by religious beliefs. We live in a country where people in the LGBTQ community often feel unsafe being themselves and showing affection to the people they love in public, for fear of retaliation. We live in a country where under the guise of “religious freedom” laws are being put in place that enable close-minded people to discriminate against people in the LGBTQ community who are simply seeking to live their lives freely like other Americans. This is the America we live in.  Continue reading “Pulse: Standing with the LGBTQ Community”