Pulse & Pride

June 12th, 2019 marks the 3rd year since the fatal night in Orlando, FL at an LGBTQ+ club called Pulse where 49 people died and 53 people were injured.

Mourners hold candles while observing a moment of silence during a vigil outside the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts for the mass shooting victims at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., on June 13, 2016.
 Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

I have seen and read some thoughts and opinions from the heterosexual and sometimes religious community that the LGBTQ+ community is too loud or they’re too focused on identity or sexuality or labels or trying to make living in sin normal.

This upsets me because if one feels as such, they have lost the sight or maybe never gained it to know Pride Month is about being seen as a person as well as being safe and does that include identity and sexuality? Hell yes because that is exact reason they are persecuted against. They do not call it “coming out” to be a cutesy misnomer. They are coming out of hiding, of having to live a lie about who they are and what they’re about.

And to my strict religious friends, is there not a passage in the Holy Bible which reads, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34.

Losing the sight on what Pride is truly about — safety, acceptance, and love — is a slippery slope. To put into perspective, imagine the world where only same-sex people could reproduce together and society showed images, tv shows, movies, magazines, everything to be same-sex. You are attracted to people of the opposite sex, but you’re growing up in a world where that is considered wrong, immoral, corrupt. How would you feel?

How would you feel to know you could be happily dancing and having fun and feeling safe with a community of people who love and understand you and then shots are fired and you’re seeing friends and other people injured and dying all around you? Maybe you’re injured or dead.

How would you feel expressing who you are to someone you care for so deeply and having them reject you? How would you feel living behind a false life because it is too terrifying to be your authentic self?

This world is too quick to see something beneficial for a community of people like Pride is for the LGBTQ+ and their allies and go, What about me? I see you Straight Pride Parade. Thanks for meriting your safety and complete acceptance in this world.