Thoughts on #Orlando

Another shooting, another instance of violence against the queer community, and another opportunity to target the Muslim community.

I wasn’t sure how to respond to shooting in Orlando. Initially, I was very angry, and I got even angrier as conservative politicians like Ted Cruz and Paul Ryan clamored over the bodies of dead queer people to justify their prejudices of Muslim people. I was grossed out that just a few weeks earlier Cruz, Ryan and other members of the Right were gleefully dehumanizing queer folks just because we wanted to pee. I was angry and annoyed that Cruz and Ryan (among others) are so crass and cynical in the way that they shed plastic tears over the deaths of individuals they worked their damndest to relegate to second-class citizenship. I’m dumbfounded at their lack of self-awareness in their complicity in the crime. Any politician who worked his ass off to make the lives of queer people harder shouldn’t be allowed to utter the words “gay” at this point.

I’m also angered at the erasure of the queerness and the race of the victims. People get to be sympathetic and kind without addressing that the deaths of these people were a result of their race, sexuality, and gender expression. The Pope offered a supposedly kind message and neglected to mention that the victims were primarily queer people of color.

And again, we bring up the need for sensible gun control laws that would work at keeping these kinds of weapons of mass destruction off our streets. And our politicians won’t do anything about it, because after all, guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Meanwhile, law makers work to make abortion and voting onerous and nearly impossible.

I hope the media will contribute to the erasure of the idiot who did this horrible thing. I don’t want to see his picture or read his name. We cannot make him famous after his death.

These are the names we should be repeating.

Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old

Amanda Alvear, 25 years old

Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old

Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 years old

Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old

Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old

Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 years old

Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 years old

Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old

Cory James Connell, 21 years old

Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old

Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old

Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old

Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old

Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old

Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old

Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old

Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old

Frank Hernandez, 27 years old

Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old

Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old

Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old

Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old

Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25 years old

Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old

Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old

Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 years old

Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old

Kimberly Morris, 37 years old

Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old

Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old

Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25 years old

Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old

Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old

Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old

Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old

Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 years old

Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old

Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 years old

Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24 years old

Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old

Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old

Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old

Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 years old

Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old

Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old

Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old

Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old

Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 years old

Note: more names will be added as they become available. 

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