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I’ve been struggling for a few days about what to write this month. As I finally put fingers on keys, it’s twelve days after the Pulse nightclub shooting. It’s Pride month in much of the country. We’ve had a sit-in at the House of Representatives. Plus, in the wake of the shooting, we’ve got people loudly screaming that the right to buy guns can’t be tampered with and/or happiness that members of the LGBT community were killed.
There is a lot to say in response. But it also feels like it’s all been said before to no avail.
I’m not sure what type of mass shooting has to happen before enough people rise up and say “enough” so loud that things change. It needs to be so much more difficult to shoot innocent children, churchgoers, mall shoppers, office workers, people out dancing and anyone else going about their lives. I read on Twitter shortly after Orlando, and I wish I could attribute it correctly, that it was easier to get a gun than to get a ticket to Hamilton. Yes, it’s hard to get that ticket, but it should be incrementally more arduous to get a assault weapon.
Where the LGBT community is concerned, we continue to hear messages of hate from far too many venues. There are elected leaders who believe we should stay second class citizens. There are local and state governments trying to create laws so we can be legally discriminated against. There are religious leaders praising the Orlando deaths and calling it God’s work.
This is so wrong.
Of course, I’m preaching to the choir here.
But it’s the choir that needs to get so much louder.
It said often in our community that love always wins. And I do believe that’s true over time. In there hear and now the love needs to be deafening. It needs to be such a roar that our elected leaders cannot ignore what’s said—both about LGBT equality and guns. Hate is so often the squeaky wheel that gets the coverage, love has to get into the position where it’s the louder voice.
That means love has to feel empowered to get loud. If you’re on the side of love (and I’d bet you are) it means you’ve got to speak out against against people who feel they can own these crazy assault rifles. You’ve got to stand up to those you hear talking hate against the LGBT community (or any other community that comes under fire—race, religion, gender, etc…hate can’t go unchecked in any form).
It’s important to make sure that there’s safety in speaking up, but it has to be done because the vitriol seems to grow every day and the only way to make it stop is to counter it. Why must it stop? So we can all live openly and safely, and more importantly so the next generation and those to follow can, if we’re lucky, know a life where we’re not made to feel less than because of who we are and where you don’t have to be fearful of being shot.
It’s a tall order to get proactive like this, but I think it’s what we all have to do. I’m certainly going to do my best to be loud on these matters. I hope you’re as loud as you can be, too.
About Jeff AdamsJeff Adams is the author of the Hat Trick series of young adult/new adult stories. He’s also the author of several m/m romance shorts. Jeff and his husband, Will, live in the rural peace of Northern California. Besides writing about hockey in many of his stories, he covers the Detroit Red Wings, and reviews books that feature gay hockey players, for PuckBuddys.com (http://www.PuckBuddys.com). You can learn all about Jeff’s writing at jeffadamswrites.com (http://www.jeffadamswrites.com/). You can also follow him on Twitter @hockeyguynyc https://twitter.com/hockeyguynyc). and sign up for his email list (http://eepurl.com/7TJC9) to get the latest updates.
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