One day after the death of Christina Grimmie, also in Florida, Omar Mateen took the lives of 49 people and injured 53 others. This post is long overdue, but it’s been a tough past month, especially what happened on June 30th.
As I said in an earlier post about Bisexuality, Lesbian, and Homosexuality, it’s okay to be different. In fact, embrace it. Because there’s only one you, and it can either be wasted on being someone who you’re not or being you.
The shooting horrified me. If this is what our present is right now, then what’s our future? Murdering each other every day? Trying to get rid of people who are different and support gay marriage?
I ask you, what is wrong with gay marriage and loving who you want? Everyone deserves to be able to be the person they love.
The youngest victim, Akyra Monet Murray, was only eighteen. She had just graduated from high school. At 2 AM in the morning, she texted that there was a shooting and asked to be picked up. Later, she called to say she had been shot and was in the bathroom. She didn’t survive.
In the last few hours of her life, I’m praying that Akyra didn’t suffer. Because no innocent person deserves to be murdered and suffer.
The oldest victim, Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, was fifty. He was a professional dancer and worked at Forever 21.
Even if he had lived for over thirty years longer than Akyra did, it doesn’t mean it’s okay that he died. Just because someone lived a long time doesn’t mean they don’t want to continue their life.
It’s time to stop the hate and spread the love and acceptance for bisexuality and homosexuality. Because no one is going to be exactly like you. No matter who you are, we’re all the same inside. We all want to be treated right and fairly. We want to be treated like humans equally. We want to love and be loved.
The full stories of all the victims of Orlando are at these links:
Hopefully, one day in the future, murders toward the LGBT community will be ancient history or unheard of. When everyone can accept each other for who they are, not for who they could be.