This is the second post I have made about the aftermath in London after a terrorist attack. Countless other lives have been taken in between where I have been unable to comment and too lost for words to write anything. But this hits close to home.
Having attended university in Brighton, I was extremely lucky to spend three years in one of the most diverse and accepting cities in the world. It didn’t matter who you were or who you loved, love was love.
I spent countless nights out with friends, drinking, having fun and dancing the night away in gay clubs. The idea that someone would want to come in and take the lives of people in a safe place. Their place.
Tonight I attended the London vigil in memory of the victims in Orlando. I have never heard such profound silence in central London. It was beautiful to see so many people standing there in solidarity. Giving two fingers up to terrorism and celebrating love.
These actions affect communities everywhere. Especially in London where we have such a loud and proud LGBTQ community.
Beautiful tributes poured in for all those senselessly killed. Message of hope and peace littered the ground.
Thousands of people gathered to remember the victims.
As I watched the events in Orlando unfold on Twitter, I hoped with all my heart that the shooter would be named as a white male. A “lone gunman” with “history of mental health” as they are usually described in the media. A terrorist who pledged allegiance to Daesh instead is what was revealed and I prepared myself for the overload of ignorant people who would use this to promote their islamaphobic agenda. More hate is not the answer. A white terrorist does not represent me any more than a Muslim terrorist represents a Muslim person.
London musical venues in solidarity with the victims.
It seems that every time something like this happens the world mourns, and we vow to not let anything like this ever happen again. And then we forget. As time passes we remember the event with a pain in our chest, but we’re powerless to make a change. Every country will have people who hate, we cannot stop that. As I read in the Evening Standard, what we need to do is make it harder for people who hate to turn their hate deadly. There have been 998 gun massacres since 20 1st graders were murdered at Sandy Hook. If America couldn’t make a change for innocent six and seven year olds, why will they now make a change when an already persecuted and discriminated group is attacked?