Today In Solidarity (6/12/18): As we remember the two year anniversary of the Pulse massacre, it is important that we reflect on narrative and who gets to write history. In the weeks following the tragedy, police were lauded as heroes for their response. In reality, they dragged their feet in responding to the shooting, sprayed bullets indiscriminately into the club, and have used the opportunity to muscle their way deeper into queer spaces, potentially threatening the safety of them. Survivors have recently filed a lawsuit around parts of this reality.
Alternately, we must remember that the victims of this massacre were predominantly Latinx, some even with hazy immigration statuses. The reality is that to this day member of the Latinx LGBTQ community (in Orlando and across the country) experience xenophobia, racism, and classism at the hands of police/authorities. We must not allow the Pulse tragedy to be white-washed. We must demand accountability for the lives lost not just at the hands of terrorists, but due to the cavalier and reckless way police acted in response. #nojusticenopeace #noprideforpolice
My little brother’s friend group is all gay or trans except one kid, and I’m their gay AND trans chaufer to dnd and guys let me tell you
My brother’s friend James came out as trans and changed his name bc my brother so aggressively defends my pronouns in front of them all. One of the other boys was there for James coming out and wanted James to know that this other boy definitely still had a crush on him, so he just blurts out GUYS I’M BI. There’s a beat. Then this guy Phoenix chimes in saying he prefers pansexuality as a label bc it’s more inclusive. Other boy jokes about how the whole friend group is gay, and get this THE STRAIGHT KID HAD TO COME OUT!!! My little brother and I are both kind of autistic in different ways and he has a harder time than me, but holy shit. He’s thirteen and DIDN’T have to come out to any of his friends but has been telling them about the boy he has a crush and girls he thinks are cute and it’s just so nice. I can’t imagine being thirteen and finding that. And it’s all because he’s so insistent on sticking up for me. I’m crying hold on.
I know things are bleak and visibility is dangerous to so many people, but for all I’ve faced, maybe these five thirteen year olds will have it a little better. Maybe the world will get a little better. Idk