I went to bed on June 11, 2016, after spending a joy-filled and glorious day with friends and family at Indy Pride. On June 12, 2016, we woke up to the news that the US had once again broken a record: Deadliest mass shooting in United States history. It’s not only a bar I’m sick and tired of seeing set higher and higher in this country, but I’m also heartbroken that it was a massacre aimed specifically at the LGBTQ+ community, in a place that was supposed to have been safe for the folks who went there that night and every night before.
As an ally of this community, it’s difficult to know what to do other than to keep fighting for acceptance and equality, to know where to stand other than side by side and hand in hand with friends and family and strangers, to know how to push back against the hate in any way other than to just keep loving each other.
And to keep reading, because that’s what opens doors and minds and hearts and creates possibilities that exist outside of our own paradigms. The books we read may not always get it right, they may at times oversimplify the world, but I hope with all I am that they encourage us to strive to be better people than the person we were before we escaped for a while into their words.
Read and Love with Pride. <3