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.