I don’t know how to explain to my children that on Sunday, June 12 a man who hated gay people so much went into Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida because he knew it would be full of gay people and proceeded to massacre 49 people and injure 53 before he was killed on the scene by a SWAT team. I genuinely don’t know how to explain that type of hate to them because I can’t understand it and I hope they never understand it.
Although, I will never be able to understand anyone being so twisted with hate that they would murder people because of the gender of whom they love, what I can understand is that hate will never kill love, that love will outlast violence, death and even murder. I can understand why so many people took to Twitter to post #LoveIsLove messages.
I realize that a hashtag cannot change what has already happened; I realize that there are cynics amongst us, but I am not one of them. I do think that sending out messages of love and support make a difference. I do believe that outing ourselves on the side of love, of equality, of solidarity matters. Sure, we need to follow it up with action because words and hashtags can’t get the job done, but that message of love is crucial right now.
So, even though I am doing my best to keep my children, who are still so very young, from seeing the images that have made me sob with every fiber of my being because no one should be killed for loving, I won’t keep them from seeing and understanding the outpouring of support. I want them to know that love is love.
I leave you with 49 #LoveIsLove tweets in honor of the 49 victims. I cannot bring myself to leave you with 50 even though so many news outlets put the number of deaths at 50 and yes 50 people died, but one of them was the murderer himself. I cannot group him with the beautiful people who lost their lives through no fault of their own. I want to focus on the love and the lovers not on the hate and the haters.
49 #LoveIsLove Tweets
— rhi (@RhiannonKlaczok) June 13, 2016
— Thought Catalog (@ThoughtCatalog) June 13, 2016
There wouldn’t be this mourning without hate. But there is no mourning without love. And this is how even in death, love wins.#LoveIsLove
— Juan Miguel Severo (@TheRainBro) June 13, 2016
— TwitterOpen (@TwitterOpen) June 13, 2016
No one should be killed for loving a person. No one should be disowned for being gay. No one should feel less than a human. #LoveIsLove
— ️ (@TypicalSarra) June 12, 2016
— Jessica Feeney (@jessicagfeeney) June 13, 2016
— Bobby Norris (@BobbyCNorris) June 13, 2016
don’t just tweet “#LoveIsLove” & call it a day. call out homophobia + transphobia. call out your loved ones & friends. do your part. please.
— Renzo M. (@renzosaurus) June 13, 2016
— #1 lourry stan (@homo_tommo) June 13, 2016
— Marc Jacobs (@marcjacobs) June 13, 2016
— ️ (@jdbestest) June 13, 2016
— Christina Aguilera (@AguileraOnline) June 13, 2016
— andrea -109 (@electricjoshler) June 13, 2016
— Matthew Dominguez (@Matt_Dominguez) June 13, 2016
— BritneyArmy (@SlaveForUBrit) June 13, 2016
Love is a human experience, not a political/religious statement. No one should ever feel unsafe because of who they love. #LoveIsLove
— Steven Grecia (@StevenMGrecia) June 13, 2016
— Eduardo Samaniego (@EduarSamani) June 13, 2016
— Will Jay (@willjaymusic) June 12, 2016
— Protest Pictures (@ProtestPics) June 13, 2016
I don’t understand why people are homophobic. How can you have so much hatred for someone else’s happiness? #loveislove
— Robyn misses aaron (@EspinosaLikely) June 12, 2016
— Leah West (@LeahWestMusic) June 13, 2016
— x (@heda_clexa) June 12, 2016
Love is the frequency
of your soul.
— Gordana Biernat (@MyPowertalk) June 12, 2016
— Bry (@BryOnTour) June 12, 2016
— HeardinLondon (@HeardinLondon) June 13, 2016
— Liam Geraghty (@Liam_Geraghty) June 13, 2016
— Edinburgh Spotlight (@edinspotlight) June 13, 2016