Shirska's Thoughts on Orlando · 9:07am
He managed to unlock the device, and began reading through some of the archived files. He went to the photos first, as images often told more. In the most recent photos were screenshots of news articles about a place called Orlando. At first, he didn't read too deeply, but one short phrase caught his eye: "50 dead, 53 wounded." He went back to the top of the article and read it in further detail. The article told of a tragic massacre at a gay bar, and the further in he read, the tighter his fists clenched.
He reimagined the situation happening among his people, and he could not get the image of his father being the murderer out of his mind. Someone with that much hatred for people finding love in a different way should not exist. But the worst part was realizing that the shooter was a person, just like every human he'd worked with or talked to, just like his people, just like his pony friends, and just like himself. Society made the shooter act in such a way, and that was the sobering part. The shooter's society failed to make it clear that such actions as his were unacceptable. Humanity as a whole had failed that day.
Hey guys, I heard about the tragedy in Orlando and, being queer myself, I had to do something. That tragedy was without a doubt a hate-crime against the LGBT+ community. If you believe even on the smallest level that Orlando, or Sandy Hook, or San Bernardino were NOT acts of domestic terrorism, you are part of these massive failures of humanity. You are part of the problem of senseless violence.
And if you are one of those people who sees gay people in public with their partners and you get angry, get the fuck away from me and every other queer person. If you hold any homophobic or transphobic views, get the fuck off of my blog post and stop reading my stories because I don't want you here. I'm tired. Us queer people...
We're fucking tired of this. We're tired of reading about these tragedies and wondering when it's our turn to die. We're tired of holding funerals for our siblings and our parents and our children and our partners and everyone you take from us.
When you ask us, "Gay marriage is legal now, what more do you want?" our answer is, "We'd like to not get murdered."
And we're tired of trying to tell you that.
And we're tired of all of this pain and fear.