I was going to do a piece today about trans fear at my old high school. I was going to tell you all about this great idea about how to revamp the education system so that ignorance is blotted away by comprehensive education. I was going to tell you about the hopes I have for the future.
Instead, I got in contact with the people I know from Florida, made sure they were safe.
Instead, I checked the pages of my LGBTQIAP friends, to make sure they were still alive, still safe, still okay.
Instead, I found out that there was something similar going to happen in California, but it was stopped. And that people were murdered in my home state today as well.
Instead, I searched the news, angry to find that not only had people lost their lives, there was a bomb that would have gone off as well.
Instead, I opened all my social medias and watched the solidarity of people praying for a better tomorrow.
I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry for the lives lost. I’m so sorry for the way that the education system failed. I’m so sorry that people are still afraid of what they don’t understand. I’m so sorry that hatred is a larger driving force than compassion. I’m so sorry that people will take this event to talk about Islam, LGBTQIAP and gun violence in an ignorant light, without actually helping the situation, creating more ignorance and bigotry. I’m so sorry that there were tweets this morning about “deserving it” and “AIDS on the walls”. I’m so sorry.
I won’t promote hate. I won’t hide who and what I am. But I want to ask all of my readers, followers, friends, family, fellow bloggers, and everyone who may come in contact with this post, or me, to please be careful-especially if you’re planning on going to PRIDE. Please. Don’t let hatred force you back into the shadows. But please be careful. Be safe. Be loved.