Like the rest of the world, I’m still in shock about what happened at Pulse in Orlando. Because why does this crap keep happening? I don’t understand. Why do we even SELL assault rifles to civillians? What kind of messed up crap is that?
I was born that way. I have had those feelings, those longings, all of my life. It is not unnatural. I am not sick because I feel this way. I do not need to be helped. I do not need to be cured. What I need, and what all of those who are like me need, is your understanding. And your compassion. We have not injured you in any way. And yet we are scorned and attacked. And all because we are different. What we do is no different from what you do. We talk, and laugh. We complain about work. And we wonder about growing old. We talk about our families, and we worry about the future. And we cry with each other when things seem hopeless. All of the loving things that you do with each other, that is what we do. And for that, we are called misfits, and deviants, and criminals. What right do you have to punish us? What right do you have to change us? What makes you think you can dictate how people love each other?–Soren, “The Outcast”, Star Trek: The Next Generation, season 5, episode 17
Don’t be a drag, just be a queen
Whether you’re broke or evergreen
You’re black, white, beige, chola descent
You’re Lebanese, you’re Orient
Whether life’s disabilities
Left you outcast, bullied, or teased
Rejoice and love yourself today
‘Cause baby you were born this way
No matter gay, straight, or bi
Lesbian, transgendered life
I’m on the right track baby
I was born to survive
No matter black, white or beige
Chola or orient made
I’m on the right track baby
I was born to be brave–Lady GaGa
My heart goes out to all my LBGTQ rainbow-hearted brothers and sisters and non-gendered and gender-fluid and all the ways you define yourself today. Because what happened is utter crap and should never have happened. I live in a state where there is a huge gun culture and I’ve been around guns pretty much my entire life and I get that “Yay guns! WE NEED GUNS TO PROTECT OURSELVES!” train of thought. But this is outrageous crazy and has nothing to do with guns and the right to own guns but more with a religious nutbag who somehow thought that he was striking a victory for his God by shooting up people whose lifestyles he didn’t agree with. I mean, I’m no religious scholar, but didn’t God say to love your neighbor? I mean..the Christians keep saying their God of love, but how could a God of love support or condone this? My Muslim coworker (for whom I genuinely fear) says her God is a God of love too, as is her prophet Muhammed. So how can these people who supposedly are all about the happy peace love fun times support or condone this shit? I do not understand. This is why I cannot be a Christian..I could not profess to believe in something that goes out and causes this kind of violence. Funny..you never hear about the Pagans or the Jewish people (who are supposed to believe in the same God of love as the Christians and the Muslims, right?) doing this kind of thing. What is it about Christianity and Islam that inspires this level of violence? Please..I need somebody to explain it to me because I just DO not understand.
And then Trump of course has to go spouting his mouth about how he supposedly went “Yeah this is gonna totally happen. I CALLED IT!” like some kind of pointy headed idiot (who also has arguably the worst combover in the history of comb overs).
Stand strong, my brothers and sisters and gender-neutrals and gender fluids and whatever else you choose to identify as. We will get through this together. Sparkle on, my friends. Sparkle on.