I’ve lived in the same building for over 5 years, so you’d think I’d have figured out by now when to expect pride parades and other events organizing on my doorstep. But nope — catches me unawares every time.
Given the news out of Orlando this morning, though, I am finding my usual “cranky local folk” reaction transcended by a flood of love for this vibrant, defiant, resilient community I dance on the edges of.
We are #stillhere.
We are #stillqueer.
And in the face of slaughter, still we march beneath rainbows.
URGENT: In the wake of the largest mass murder attack in the US since 9/11, the city is in dire need of blood donations to treat the casualties (and, gods willing, to prevent the death count from rising above the 50 perished souls where it now stands). If you are in the Orlando area, here is a list of local blood donor centers and bloodmobile locations where you can give blood.
The crisis is so urgent, OneBlood has announced they will accept blood from any and all donors — including gay and bisexual men, and other men who have sex with men — despite current Food and Drug Administration regulations that continue to discriminate against this population.
If you live in this area and are able to help, please please consider doing so.