Day 286. Today is a sad day. I woke up to about 15 alerts telling me that 50 people in a gay bar were killed by a man in Orlando. What? Why? I watched CNN for a while to figure it all out. What I saw made me so sad. I was so hurt. I felt violated.
A club is a safe haven for a gay person. That is a place where a gay person can be who they are without ridicule or judgement. In Orlando that sacred place was violated. That safe place was no longer safe.
Tonight there was a vigil. I brought flowers to put on the memorial for the victims. I brought candles for my friends and I to carry. We went to the meeting place and there were thousands of people. It was empowering. Then we marched. People were honking their horns and giving us peace signs.
It was a moving night. One I wish we didn't have to experience.