I have been trying to gather the ability to speak let alone write about my feelings on the shooting at Pulse in Orlando. I am Pansexual and have been openly in the LGBT+ community since I was 15/16. I have been lucky to not experience homophobia to my face but I have seen it directed at others.
It upsets me greatly to see day to day negativity thrown at the LGBT+ community, but from what I have seen of my generation so far and the people I have met through my life. They have supported LGBT+ rights and are always happy to help the movement.
For the past few years I have been happy to see such massive steps towards equality, then when news broke on the Orlando shooting I wasn’t able to process how I felt on the matter.
Yet, the community has gathered together to mourn the lost lives and to fight that this never happens again. It’s inspiring to see.
My thoughts are with the families of those effected, those who experience discrimination on a daily basis and to the innocent lives lost.
Equality may not happen in our lifetime, but I won’t let other experience that kind of pain.
To quote Hamilton: “I may not live to see our glory, but I will gladly join the fight.”