LGBT Hate Crime

I was absolutely horrified when I learned this morning of what occurred in Florida early this morning.

At 2:00am on Sunday morning in Orlando, Florida, a man who had declared his loyalty to ISIS gunned down fifty people at a LGBT nightclub.

The shooting has been acknowledged as the deadliest mass shooting in the United States, and furthermore as the worst terrorist attack in the US since September 11th, 2001.

 

The shooter, Omar Mateen, entered the club with an assault rifle and a pistol and began launching ammunition. Police arrived after he had opened fire and shot and killed Mateen at the scene.

 

It pains me so deeply to hear of a tragedy rooted in such hatred and prejudice. Despite the tremendous progress made in recent years in regards to LGBT rights and freedom, it is apparent that a malevolence still exists in society that is directed towards sexually diverse individuals.
The nightclub that was attacked was a space intended for LGBT peoples to visit and feel safe and welcome in a community surrounded by their friends and peers. It was not a space of danger, nor was it a space of crime. Innocent individuals were murdered for simply living out and expressing their sexuality in an environment suited for them.
LGBT hate crime is unfortunately not a recent occurrence in the world we live in, and after what occurred in Orlando this morning, it is undeniable that significant progress still needs to be made in terms of accepting these people for who they are. It is horrifying that hate crimes such as these still exist in this world, and it is difficult to determine what exactly needs to be done in order to end such a cruel attitude towards sexually diverse persons. Perhaps the key to solving the issue is simply recognizing that all individuals, regardless of their sexuality, are people. It is not a complicated concept to grasp, yet still the concept has yet to be totally accepted in society.
I pray for all those impacted by the Orlando shooting, and I furthermore pray that acts such as these can be abolished infinitely.

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