As a gay person, I'm just stunned into sorrow and silence this morning. Fifty people were murdered, and another fifty three were seriously injured in a mass shooting at a gay club in Orlando Florida.
The killer apparently called.911 before his rampage and proclaimed it was in the name of ISIS. No doubt there will be many questions in the months to come as to whether this person was actually affiliated with terrorist groups or acted alone, suffered mental health problems, how he acquired weapons with minimum background checks, and whether it was also a hate crime specifically targeted against the LGBT population.
As I write this another report comes in from L.A where police arrested a man near a Gay Pride Parade for having a trunkful of explosives and weapons.
For all our hard fought battles, for all the gains we have made in equality in the workplace and same-sex marriages, it is heartbreaking to see such pathological homophobia and hatred can continue to exist. No words can express my sadness today.