We’re just back from the Orlando vigil here in Provincetown, which all of a sudden feels strangely like a potential target for this now amorphous ISIS/gay-panic terrorism that struck Orlando and was headed off at Los Angeles Pride. The creeping realism is that you are still a target. The threat is where you live, not somewhere else.
They act alone, in groups, and as extremist movements.
They target you individually, as couples, in groups and in LGBT spaces like Pulse.
Our clubs and bars — to add on President Obama’s remarks — helped generations raise awareness; find themselves; and find love for a night and forever.
The places you go to be with friends, to dance and to sing, to vacation, to live are risky.
So, let’s discuss what’s changed and what’s the same…
How are you doing?
Will you change any plans? Anything in your life?
How does this change LGBT Pride celebrations?
Will you be more or less visible in your neighborhood?
Are you more or less likely to gather with other LGBT people?
Will you think twice before kissing your partner in Miami, or anywhere?
Please, let’s keep it supportive, respectful, and polite. If all you’ve got is something nasty about another reader, move on to another post.