Today, our thoughts and prayers are with the survivors, families and friends of those victimized at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida yesterday.
While the target of the attack was a LGBTQI oriented club, we would do well to remember that those inside were Americans.
The moments of solidarity we feel with the victims and their loved ones should illustrate how easily we can forget the artificial differences between us.
These moments should also remind us to ignore the fear and hate now being offered in return by pundits and politicians; That kind of response is the primary goal of a terrorist* attack.
Yesterday was a horrific day for the LGBTQI community, for the Orlando, FL community, for Florida state, the country and the world. It will long be remembered. Let it not be remembered as a moment that we gave into fear.
(*it is still unclear at the time of writing whether the attack was a hate crime conducted under the color of terrorism or both a hate crime and a terrorist attack.)