Florida, and Why I'm Angry


I apologise for this rant, and I apologise for any errors in this. It's 12:30am and I needed to vent.

So, unless you've been living under a rock you will have seen that fifty people were killed last night in one of the worst mass killings in America in 30 years. And it is an act of terrorism. These people were at a nightclub in Orlando. The nightclub, Pulse, was a gay club and was holding an event for Latina's that night - from what I believe anyway. Omar Mateen, a 29 year old cunt, killed 50 people and injured a further 53. That's 103 people's lives he controlled. Mateen was then shot dead by police. He should've been shot in the balls then chained to the back of the police cars whilst they drove full speed down the highway. But that's just my opinion.

Now I'm not a journalist - I dropped out of that course at univeristy because I was so useless at it, so if you want to read the official story head here. What I want to talk about is the amount of backlash and aggregation people are causing on social media. People who have no right to speak their opinions. People who have no intelligence and shouldn't be allowed anywhere near a computer never mind another human. It's these people who reinforce stigma and hate against different communities. It's these people that get us killed.

I've seen tweets from people saying it was a good thing that the bar got 'shot up'. I've seen tweets saying that maybe if the gays didn't act so 'gay' (side note: tell me what acting gay is please) then they would've been fine. Tweets saying that the drag queens performing that night, drag queens who are latin, cause the shooting because they were dressing up as women. All of these tweets came from men. Men who are stupid. Men who probably have girlfriends but download Grindr at 2am every night just so they can get a glimpse of a real man's penis. Because even when they look down at their own all they see is shame and resent. 

I've also seen tweets that target a whole religion for what one man did. We need to focus on this, too. Islamophobia is real and by branding a whole race with the actions of one man - one horrible, sick and twisted man, you're doing no good. You may not be homophobic and you may support LGBTQ+ communities, but tarnishing a whole religion is just as bad as being homophobic. It's impossible for you to be anywhere near a decent person if you do that. It's not a game of choice. It isn't one or the other.

I live in a country where most of the time I feel safe. I feel safe walking home drunk at 3am after a night out (where I felt safe). I feel safe in my home. I feel secure in who I am and I never stop to think about my orientation or anything like that. If someone doesn't like me, it's because of my actions towards them - not because of who I love (which, by the way, is not my choice at all. I didn't choose this lifestyle). But after today I question my security. I question it on a communal level. How can I feel secure when a terrorist has targeted a nightclub full of members of my community? How can I feel safe when there's people online - some of which are actually from the city I live in, are saying that LGBTQ+ people and/or Muslims deserved to be killed? What agenda do they have?

I've attached some screenshots of the truly awful things people have been saying, and I want to point out that even though this is a minority of people - it is still a lot of people. There's so much hate out there, and we can't forget about it. We need to acknowledge it and we need to battle it. Not with guns, not with wars - with education. Educate these people, I beg you. 

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