Pride Month: A Reflection
I wasn’t going to post anything about this topic because I was still taking in all of my emotions and thoughts about what happened in the wake of Orlando. I debated making a video on YouTube or writing here, and I decided that the blog was the best way to go; putting pen to paper and letting my thoughts run has always been my most reliable catharsis.
This month is very important to me because it is Pride month. With such momentous occasions in the community happening around us over the past year, we were dealt a blow from a crazed lunatic with pure hatred toward a sect of people. People living their lives freely. People who loved one another. People with family, friends and other loved ones. People who had endured decades of living through adversity and found their escape in this one place. 49 lives were lost not including the shooter. It broke my heart and my spirit.
A conversation about the LGBT community finally came to the forefront in a different way than before. There was this mass unification of support that I had not seen before. It was this support for humanity that warmed my heart and lifted my spirit. While there were others that showcased hate and bigotry, I saw an innumerable amount of people gather and rally behind the community out of support and love. It wasn’t until this point that I realized how much love there is in this world and the amount of support we have for each other.
I did take issue, however, with how this incident became the pulpit for gun violence only because it fueled current the political climate and election. (This is a much different conversation for a different day.) The spotlight on the LGBT community and what exactly had happened began to fade, and I figured now was a good time to post this blog as it seems the dust is settling in the media with the community as they focus on the shooter as well as the political issues locally and across the pond.
Have pride in yourself. Be proud of yourself. Love yourself. We are each other’s brothers and sisters. Let’s show each other more love and less hate. Happy Pride Month.
I love you.