Today the world is morning the lost of 49 people shot dead in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in the worst mass shooting in recent US history.
No matter how many times I read and re-read that sentence, I cannot wrap my head around it, and it breaks my heart a little more every time.
50 people were going about their every day lives and enjoying a night out when someone decided to change that in a way that would change lives forever. These people leave behind families, friends, people they love and who loved them. They are hurting and the LGBTQ+ community as a whole is hurting.
Progress has been made over the past few years but then things like this happen, and on this scale, when it feels like we’re back to square one.
There is so much hurt in the world already, we don’t need to add to it.