I’m writing this after what feels like an emotional wringer of a week, just to try to process.
This is the news which started things off:
I’ve been looking through some of the posts that came through, and I’ve been pretty glued to social media this week. At first I think everyone was stunned. But gradually thoughts, prayers and reflections started appearing:
In the wake of the Orlando shooting, I want things to be kept in perspective:
This is a time for mourning and solidarity. Let us not turn the tragedy of homophobia into rampant Islamophobia.”
“All this narrow minded cruelty at the moment is ridiculous. How can anyone think they have the right to judge other humans?!
People are emigrating to your country? Be proud you have a country they want to live in! There are a lot of countries I would love to live in one day, and I wouldn’t want anyone telling me to go back to where I came from.
A boy fancies a boy? Good for him! They want to get married? Me too! They want to raise a child in their loving family? Well that’s just lovely.
Someone is part of a different religion to you? What a beautifully diverse world we live in! What an abundance of things we can learn from one another!
Don’t like homosexuals? Don’t like Muslims? Neither did Hitler. Don’t be like Hitler.” (HB)
“It’s far easier for the church and state to claim ‘terrorism’ as if it came from outside. It helps to minimise the fact that these victims were both black and gay.” (NSD)
“A muslim (presumably none gay) man gives blood in Orlando in solidarity with those in need (and in the place of gay men who can not give blood there). While I see no more need for peaceloving muslims to do this than for me to make gestures against the KKK, I appreciate it and it’s a beautiful thing to do.”
“-Yes my name is Mahmoud a proud Muslim American .
-Yes I’m angry for what happened last night and all the innocent lives we lost .
-Yes I’m sad , frustrated and mad that a crazy guy claim to be a Muslim did that shameful act.
-Yes I witnessed the greatness of this country watching thousands of people standing in 92 degree sun waiting on their turn to donate blood even after they were told that the wait time is 5-7 hours .
-Yes this is the greatest nation on earth watching people from different a ages including kids volunteering to give water , juice , food , umbrellas , sun block. Also watching our old veterans coming to donate And next to them Muslim women in hijab carrying food and water to donors standing in line .
-Yes together we will stand against hate , terrorism , extremism and racism .
-Yes our blood all look the same so get out there and donate blood cause our fellow American citizens are injured and need our blood .Yes our community in central Florida is heart broken but let’s put our colors , religions , ethnicity , sexual orientation , political views all aside so we can UNITE against those who are trying to hurt us .
— feeling determined at Oneblood Inc.”
“All flags at the Senedd flying at half mast. The vigil was powerful, raw, emotional and peaceful. I’m proud to be part of a community that can gather like this at such short notice. Especially powerful to hear messages of solidarity from faith leaders alongside AMs, Pride Cymru and Stonewall Cymru.” (HCB)
“My prayers are with all those hurt (physically and mentally) by the tragedy in Orlando and for LGBTQ communities around the world. Lord have mercy.” (SA)
“Love always conquers hate.” (Justin Trudeau)
“How horrifying… but a reality some parents truly believe. You’re not alone. There are plenty of organisations here in the UK that offer a sense of belonging and community. You can check out our resource page https://gaysianfaces.com/resources/ but also just name a few please like these pages Naz and Matt Foundation Birmingham South Asians LGBT – Finding A Voice British Asian LGBTI Tell Mama UK Asifa Lahore Persian LGBT Community in UK NAZ Dosti – Leicester Strength in numbers. One love and peace to all ❤
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A gay Muslim friend of mine just told me that his parents said that God sent Omar Mateen to kill the gays because it’s the holy month of Ramadan.
Imagine how it must feel like being gay and hearing your own parents say that to you.
To all LGBT people suffering from discrimination and abuse, you’re in my thoughts and prayers. x”
My prayers, sorrow and hope for peace go out to all those affected by what happened in Orlando. Especially the families and friends who have lost loved ones and those who are still fighting for their lives.
Recently reported accounts believe the killer had mental health needs and he’d been under surveillance by the authorities. Instead of curbing gun licensing or offering mental health support, the US health system and gun lobby are now complicit in this incident and will continue to be as they seek profit over lives.
The majority of Muslims, diverse as we are in our sexuality and other multiple elements of our identities, reject the violence being perpetrated in the name of religion. We will continue to resist the violence being imposed on every ordinary person by nation states through fear, division and the pursuit of profit at the cost of our lives and dignity.
Let’s remember that LGBT+ communities are systematically victimised everyday. To truly protect LGBT+ people you can’t simply see us as victims of one major attack carried out by one person. We are put through micro attacks all the time: poor healthcare systems that fail transgender people, poor financial systems that exclude LGBT+ family structures, erasure from sex education in schools which puts thousands of LGBT+ youth at risk everyday. Showing solidarity at a time like this means opening your eyes to all these attacks on the existence of LGBT+ people.
Inclusive Mosque Initiative seeks pro-action in unity and peace.
Tamsila Tauqir MBE
Inclusive Mosque Initiative trustee”
“looking for love.
I’ve been struggling to know how to respond to the horrific and tragic events in Orlando, made worse by insensitive and ignorant commentaries I’ve read and seen online. The horror of this attack alone is enough to break my heart, but add to that a backdrop of hate that seems to be so prevalent in our world at the moment, and I feel overwhelmed.
Only prejudice and disdain for “the other” could fuel such violence. Not just in an unthinkable homophobic massacre but also in the current clashes between football hooligans in France. In a world where the likes of Trump can be a presidential candidate and Brexit is a very real threat, I find myself asking with genuine concern and fear “what on earth is going on and where will this all end?”
It is tempting to finish this post there but it would be remiss to do so. In a bleak world that feels particularly dark at present I cling to this truth: “…these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13). Hate will not have the last word because #LoveWins ” (SA)