This weekend the largest mass shooting in America since Wounded Knee took place in Orlando, Florida. The Pulse, a gay club celebrating Pride, was targeted during a Latinx night, and most of the 50 people who lost their lives belonged to the Latinx queer community. Over 100 people were shot.
This Was a Hate Crime Against Queer and Trans People of Color
It is important to recognize that people who have GLBQ orientation, and folks who identify as transgender, have historically been the subject of violence and exclusion. Policies against gay relationships and families are periodically violently enforced, and widespread discrimination makes being queer and trans unsafe. Just in the last SIX MONTHS there have been over 200 bills filed against GLBT people. The effects of this discrimination, homophobia and transphobia are compounded for queer and trans folks of color.
This attack was specific in its devastation of queer Latinxs. About half of the people killed were Puerto Rican, and many were immigrants. Here is a local perspective on why this matters, and why naming Latinxs provides visibility, which is the smallest way we can share power with a community often marginalized and excluded even within the queer community.
This is why our communities are mourning and asking for change.
We Need to Center Latinx Queer and Trans Voices and Experiences
It is my intention to focus on the people and community who were attacked in Orlando. Please take this opportunity to see the faces and read the stories of the 49 murder victims. Most of them were queer people of color. They are important. Their lives absolutely mattered.
To further center the community in Orlando, we would like to share this video featuring trans and queer Latinxs responding to the tragedy. Powerful words, and crucial perspective.
"How will you challenge the narrative of the #PulseOrlando murders?"
I will center Queer, Trans, and POC voices, and I will center the affected community. I will center the experiences of the Latinx queer and trans community. I will attack the systemic and structural oppression that works to marginalize QTPOC people. I will not be distracted by politicians, petitions for gun control that don't protect QTPOC folks, or Islamophobia.Read More