Many have commented about the tragedy of the mass killings in Orlando on Sunday morning. The sheer brutality and barbaric manner that someone could enter a LGBT club and mercilessly kill people is beyond comprehension. Many commentators do not even refer to the type of club – it was ‘just another mass killing’. The US have had more than one a day in 2016. That’s barbaric as well.
I want to ask if you’ll stop and pause for the parents of those that were killed.
For many, not only were their children ‘out’ (and proud) but they had shared this news with family and friends. People would have been aware of the struggles it may have initially caused for both child and parents, as both came to terms with the truth – that their child was LGBT. For a number of families, that news won’t have come out. It will have been kept quiet – ‘for the sake of the family’. And now they are grieving and unable to share.
This is wrong.
Can we spare a thought today, for those families who haven’t been able to, couldn’t, share the desperately sad news and, now, are grieving so much for the loss of their child.
Are we the reason they couldn’t share that news?
Can we allow people to share the news without
rewriting their story in our stereotypical terms?
Can we extend our love to all and to allow people to be free, who they truly are?