Dear Orlando; Dear America

Dear Orlando; Dear America

New Yorkers create a makeshift memorial for Orlando after the shooting early Sunday morning. LGBT community members, New York officials and citizens gathered to pay their respects and show their solidarity with the victims and their families. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

 

Dear Orlando,

Many of us have been racking our brains, trying to find the right things to say. Words like “massacre”, “shooting”, “violence”, and “victim” fill our news feeds and our hearts grow heavier with each refreshing page.

As we learn more about the tragedy you faced early Sunday morning, and we begin to learn the names of those lost; it is not just your citizens who mourn. It is not just the LGBTQ+ community. It’s all of us. It’s the absence of 49 people felt so deeply. It is 49 families whose pain we could never know or understand. It is 49 names that are now spoken with heaviness that we will always feel but never comprehend. It is 49 voices that will never be heard again; 49 words that we cannot seem to find.

Orlando, we hurt with you. We feel this pain with you. LGBTQ+, we hurt with you. We stand by you.

Dear America,

The alarm has been going off for too long. We have pressed snooze too many times to count and let it still be acceptable. Being this late is not okay. Maybe we missed the introduction, the starting line, the front page; the headlines called for a change and we’re begging you to keep reading, keep fighting for that change. But it isn’t too late.

There is no excuse, no reasoning, alibi, or sensationalizing that will make this hate, or any hate, okay. No words can ease the pain of aching hearts and restless, frightened minds.

Wake up. Wake up, wake up, wake up. Let this be the pinching fingers that pull you from this nightmare.

Dear Orlando,

We are raising our flames to you in solidarity. Vigils as far as Australia, and as close to us as Oklahoma City, are being held as we all beg for a change. We know that this is no longer politics. It is no longer a matter of who is right and who is wrong. We know it is no matter of Democrats or Republicans, Donald or Hillary. Humanity has failed you. We have failed you and continue to fail one another by letting our own hate blind us.

But we promise you that we will fight to make this right again, we will fight for you and your lost and loved ones, and we will fight for our future together.

 

Dear America,

How sickeningly ironic it is that we must continue to fight to end violence, and stand strong until hate subsides into tolerance. How sickening it is that these things have to happen for us to open our eyes. We need you. We need you to stand up to end this once and for all.

Open your eyes, America. Open your eyes, and your ears, and your heart and listen to the voices crying for help. Listen to the screams begging for a change that is so desperately needed.

Wake up. Wake up, wake up, wake up.

Dear Orlando,

Sorry will never be enough. It will never cover every bruise and broken heart. It will never hold every shaking hand or ease the pain.

Dear America,

Don’t apologize. Take action. Do not offer condolences. Offer change. Do not let your heart pour out; pour out promise of new beginnings and make them happen.

Dear Orlando,

We stand beside you, as brothers, sisters, and friends.

Dear America,

We’re asking you to stand with Orlando, with the LGBTQ+ community, with the 49 families, with all of us.

It’s your move. What will you do with it?

A sea of candles lit the night as during a candle light vigil on the steps of City Hall Wednesday, June 15, 2016, in Houston. Mayor Sylvester Turner and representatives from faith-based organizations, the LGBT community, other elected officials, the NAACP, LULAC, the Houston Consular Corp, the Gay Men's Chorus of Houston, Bayou City Choral and youth. (Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle via AP)

A sea of candles lit the night as during a candle light vigil on the steps of City Hall Wednesday, June 15, 2016, in Houston. Mayor Sylvester Turner and representatives from faith-based organizations, the LGBT community, other elected officials, the NAACP, LULAC, the Houston Consular Corp, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Houston, Bayou City Choral and youth. (Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle via AP)

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