|Over 3 years ago, my friend and I camped overnight outside of the supreme court in D.C. to hear a few moments of the DOMA arguments. |
Rallies and protestors were outside.
I spent a lot of last week trying to process the attack in Orlando. No, I didn't know anyone who was harmed personally, but that shouldn't stop me (or anyone) from grieving the loss of innocent life.
I wrote a really long post/rant shortly after it happened that probably won't ever be shared because I realized afterwards that it was really just for me to relieve emotions and questions I had regarding this tragedy. So if you're part of the LGBTQ community, or simply an ally, and are still processing/grieving I suggest starting there. Write down how you're feeling, any questions you might have, and maybe how you plan to move forward from this tragic event.
|This was a family rallying outside of the supreme court the first day of the DOMA arguments.|
Just to the left of them were members of the Westboro Baptist Church.
Their strength and love in the face of hate literally brought tears to my eyes that day.
I was able to come to one final conclusion after sorting out my thoughts: Above all, I will always preach love and acceptance in my home. Right now, it doesn't mean much because I live alone and I'm pretty much only responsible for myself. But this event left me thinking a lot about the future and what changes I can make to help prevent things like this from happening. The only solid conclusion I could come to was that if I were to ever take on the responsibility of starting a family that my children need to be taught acceptance (not tolerance), compassion, and love.
From what I can tell, the person who carried out this attack on this double minority group (LGBTQ and the Latino community) was hurting. The only way to heal hurt is with love.