Pray for Orlando

Orlando Cruz said he lost a close friend in the Pulse nightclub shooting.
National Geographic captured Florida's LGBT and Latino communities in mourning.
The London Gay Men's Chorus sings "Bridge Over Troubled Water" for charity.
The massacre in Orlando was an assault on Queer America. And we're still reeling.
Over 200 Muslims gathered to pray for the victims of the deadly Orlando shooting and break their fasts for the month of Ramadan at Iftar In The Park.
This was, first and foremost, an attack on the LGBT community.
“Given the somber state of the city, seeing it emerge was surreal.”
When I see the billboard, #PrayForOrlando, I cringe. When people speak in recycled political jargon, offering "prayers and thoughts" with the slain, but do not acknowledge that they were killed at a gay bar because they were queer, it affirms the shooter and condemns the victims. It is further action to marginalize and silence the voices of the LGBTQIA community.
Fifty people were killed early Sunday morning, and another 53 wounded. A gunman, bent on the will of evil, snuffed out the lives of 50 individuals, and as I sat on the side of the pool and watched my daughter play unhindered, my heart ached.