Yesterday I woke up to horrific news. 50 people lost their lives, and another 50 were injured in the worst mass shooting in US history. The target was a gay nightclub in Orlando, by the name of Pulse. The club was celebrating Latin night, so most of the victims were also people of color. Later it was revealed that a man had been apprehended in Los Angeles at a Gay Pride Parade, who had similar motives.
These inhumane creatures are waging war against a group of people who just want to love who they love. I cannot even begin to imagine what the families and friends of the victims are going through. I cannot imagine what the LGBTQ+ community is going through, and I am not going to pretend like I do. This community has been marginalized and stigmatized for much, much too long, and the thought that they need to fear for their lives because of who they are is just completely fucking unthinkable.
But I can say something else: I am a Muslim, and I am angry that this person who claimed to represent my faith did something that does not represent me. I have to come to terms with the fact that many people all over the world will judge my faith on the basis of these horrific tragedies that occur time and time again, but it doesn’t anger me any less. At this point, I am not angry with the bigots or people like Donald Trump or whatever. At this point, I am angry with the fact that they almost have a reason to say the things they say. I am sorry that assholes wear the religion I believe in as a medal that ‘allows’ them to commit atrocities, that allows people to claim that Muslims hate the LGBTQ+ community.
I do not. And while this is obviously nothing significant – obviously, obviously, I wish I could do something more significant – I thought it would be a little tribute to the lives lost yesterday. To the LGBTQ+ community all over the world, I’m so sorry. And I do stand with you.