Here's the message i posted on the Human Rights Campaign online vigil page for Orlando victims. I thought i'd post it here to my blog as well. Thank you for reading and everyone please take good care.
I've been putting this off partly because i haven't quite known what to say and partly because of the grief it evokes in me. I'm finally getting to a point where i don't cry every time i hear from family or friends of the deceased although i'm not totally out of the woods yet. But i'm going to keep this message positive because i think that's what our community needs and it's what the victims of the heinous act would want. The LGBT community is truly one of the strongest communities in the world, one that has been tested and forged by a lifetime of persecution. It is a community that endures hatred and tragedy on a daily basis throughout the world. And despite all of that, it still remains strong and gets stronger everyday. So as we celebrate Pride Month, we do so in the memory of all of those who have given so much for us to be able to march with our heads held high and without fear. The LGBT community around the world is the embodiment of what it means to be truly free and that is why i'm so encouraged by all of the outpouring of support our community has received over the course of this week. Instead of being crippled by fear or filled will grief, anger or hatred, our community has chosen to come together to celebrate the lives of those who were lost and to carry on the fight for freedom of all people to be who they are and love who they love. It is clear that we are not alone in this fight and if nothing else, this very difficult moment in our history has proven that.