Thursday, June 16, 2016

This week has been hard, excruciatingly painful, and I still cannot believe it. By now everyone should have heard about the Orlando shooting. 

It hurts to even write those words, knowing how much those two words mean to many, many innocent people. I see humans, but no humanity. It's 2016, and there are still things like this happening. 

If you haven't heard, over the past weekend, there was two separate shootings. The first was on Saturday 11th June. The second happening the following Sunday morning. The first shooting happened at Christina Grimmie's concert. A like most artists, she held a Meet & Greet after the event, and was shot. The shot was near fatal, and the death was confirmed in the ER. The gunman, had on him two guns and a knife. This man was also said to be a 'self-proclaimed fan'. A fan does not try to kill you. His shot was at her head. If you are not on social media, then you may not know of this shooting. It wasn't as bigly publicised! Christina was and still is a big part of the YouTube community, and was even on the voice. This could have been anyone. When the gunman walked in, he clearly intended to hurt or kill more than one person. He walked into a concert with two guns and a knife. What is going on? Why are we allowing this? When did this become okay to do? When did this become appropriate not to publicise? I'm ashamed by our inhumanity. We lost someone on Saturday, and most people may never know of her. She was so, so incredibly talented. Here is her YouTube Channel, go and watch a few of these videos. She was amazing. Christina Grimmie. RIP angel, you will be dearly missed by everyone!

The second event that happened over the weekend was the biggest mass shooting in US History. A man walked into a Gay Bar, Pulse, and shot dead 49 people and inured 53. How could he? How did he manage to do that? Why? I have so many questions, but I am also completely speechless. As a LGBTQ+ supporter, I can't help but feel ashamed. June is Pride Month, it is one month out of the year where we celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. Instead, we seemed to have stepped back 50 steps. I am not able to justify the views of homophobes. Love is love. We cannot help who we are attracted to, we cannot help who we love. Why should be judge or berate people by the person they love? Do straight people get judged for loving a person of the opposite gender? No, straight people are not judged. Why should it be any different for lesbians, or gays? I'm embarrassed for all of society. If you are a part of the LGBTQ+ community, please accept my apologies for some peoples wrong views. 

A few times over the past week, I have sat with tears rolling down my face about this horrible tragedy. The fact that one person can have a different and stupid view of something, and decide to kill them. That would be like me killing me who don't love birds. It is not justified. I don't want this post to become about gun control in America, because I could go on, and on, and on. There should be a ban in America for guns. There has been in the UK, and we have a greatly reduced risk of shootings. Surely we have all learned - after the horrific shootings in the past - that we should not be making and having guns so easily accessible. It is not benefiting anyone. It is a machine of war. These shootings need to stop. Homophobes, need to learn that Love is Love, in any shape or form. 

Learn these names. These are the ones we lost over the weekend. 


  • Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old
  • Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old
  • Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old
  • Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old
  • Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old
  • Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old
  • Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old
  • Kimberly Morris, 37 years old
  • Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old
  • Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old
  • Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old
  • Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old
  • Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, 25 years old
  • Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old
  • Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old
  • Amanda Alvear, 25 years old
  • Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old
  • Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old
  • Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old
  • Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old
  • Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old
  • Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old
  • Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old
  • Enrique L Rios, Jr, 25 years old
  • Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old
  • Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old
  • Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old
  • Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old
  • Cory James Connell, 21 years old
  • Juan P Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old
  • Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old
  • Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old
  • Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 years old
  • Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 years old
  • Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old
  • Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old
  • Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 years old
  • Jean C Nives Rodriguez, 27 years old
  • Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 years old
  • Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 years old
  • Yilmary Rodriguez Sulivan, 24 years old
  • Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old
  • Angel L Candelario-Padro, 28 years old
  • Frank Hernandez, 27 years old
  • Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old
  • Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old
  • Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 years old
  • Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old
  • Geraldo A Ortiz-Jimenez, 25 years old

I may not have a big voice, but I have a voice that can be heard. Make sure you share your voice. Make sure you are heard. 

Until next time, 



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