All our hearts broke, and continue to break, for the Orlando LGTBQ community, for all LGBTQ communities, and, in particular, for the queer and trans Latinx communities that were the targets of the horrifying attack on Saturday night. We light candles, say prayers, and hold each other close.
But many politicians and media don’t allow us even our devastation and grief. Too many have refused to acknowledge the role that the homophobic, transphobic, and racist political context of this country plays in creating such tragedy. Many have used this tragedy to demonize Muslim communities, and all those perceived as Muslim, including LGBTQ members of those communities.
And so, as we light our candles we must also raise our voices, and take to the streets. As LGBTQ people and allies, we rise with the Orlando community and with queer communities across the country. We know we have to fight homophobia, transphobia, racism and Islamophobia at once.