On June 12th, 2016, a tragic event occurred at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. It was a tragedy perpetrated by a man consumed with hate. His hatred was breed into him by his family and our society. His self-hated and loathing would finally cause him to break.
In Gigi Gorgeous' latest video, she travels to Orlando, as the Pulse nightclub opened its gates to mourners. It will be the first time family and friends, will be able to get close enough to properly pay their respects. A local LGBTQ choir sang "True Colors", by Cyndi Lauper at the event, which ultimately left Gigi in tears once again.
TRANZGENDR and the Pulse tragedy are linked by a very strange twist of fate. The day and night of the shooting, I worked on a lists of all transgender friendly nightclubs in the United States. One of the nightclubs on that list, was the Pulse nightclub. After all the 50 posts were finished, I went to sleep and woke up to learn of the lives lost.
Even though it was just a coincidence, I can't help but feel connected to the men and women who died or are left scarred. They were friends, lovers, and family. Each with stories of hope, dreams, and accomplishments. All of which came to a end that night.
In this world, we make it too easy to justify hate. It's institutionalized in our politics and religions. It's often those who claim to love the God of Love, who breathe the most hate into this world. This tragedy is the result of man's hate, not a single man's hate, but by an institution of hatred born of man, not God.
The souls lost at Pulse will all be in our hearts.