Tim Teeman of The Daily Beast wrote a brilliant piece on the mass murder of LGBT people today:
What needs to be repeated over and over again, and interrogated, is that the largest mass shooting in American history was an attack on gay people, LGBT people—politicians and lawmakers must say that, confront that, call it by its terrible, rightful name.
On social media, there is not just grief but also anger on the part of LGBT people, not just at the terrible loss of life, but of the erasure of LGBT people from a narrative that is centered on them, that has been visited upon LGBTs during Pride month. Those marches—in recent times, customized as “celebration”—will become far more moving and indelibly political, and rightly so.
Only President Obama, in his moving and concise remarks at the White House, recognized this for what LGBTs feel in the marrow of their bones—that this was an attack on them, as well as an act of terror.
Vigils were held all over the world today to grieve the mass murder of so many members and friends of the LGBT community. One such vigil was attended by a dear friend of mine in the historic Stonewall Inn in NYC.
The riots at the Stonewall in in 1969 spawned from a bar raid became a literal example of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and trans people fighting back, and a symbolic call to arms for many people. The riots marked a significant turning point in gay and lesbian culture entering into the mainstream.
The murders at Pulse, were a harsh reminder that as far as the LGBT community has come, we still live in a world we share with hateful homophobes.