In wake of Orlando, show your support
Jun 15, 2016 | 11155 views | 0 0 comments | 275 275 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Over the next few weeks, law enforcement officials and the media will pick apart every known aspect of the Orlando mass shooter Omar Mateen's personality. Was he homophobic or was he actually gay? How religious was he? Did he have bipolar disorder? Was he abusive? Did he have ties to organized terror organizations overseas?

But what matters more than the identity of the shooter, is the identity of the victims, massacred in a gay club, a previously safe community space. Most of the victims were members of the LGBTQ community, many were Latino. Yes it's an attack on all of us, but it's specifically an attack on them, and it's important to note it as such.

Just last week, members of the Queens LGBTQ community marched arm-in-arm with elected officials and their brothers and sisters at the annual Queens Pride Parade. It was, as usual, a stunning display of solidarity.

Manhattan's pride parade at the end of the month needs to be even bigger.

New Yorkers need to show that not only are we not afraid of terrorists or lone wolf attacks, but also that all of us stand together with the LGBTQ community, the victims of the attack. Every New Yorker needs to attend the New York City gay pride parade on June 26.

We need to help the LGBTQ community take back their safe spaces. That club in Orlando was a place of freedom, family and expression. Together we can make all of New York City a safe space through a show of support.

There will no doubt be a bit of trepidation in light of the attack, but New York City officials have assured residents that the parade will be safe. If there's anyone you can put your trust in to keep a major event safe, it's the most talented police force in the world.

Furthermore, for years the LGBTQ community has flown in the face of that same trepidation, that same fear and lack of safety. Let's all show half the fortitude they've been showing their whole lives.
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