While we don’t yet know for certain the motivation for the shooting, we can certainly identify the rhetoric and hate speech against the LGBTQ community that continues to foster hate and contribute to violence. We have so much more work to do, and more evolution to endure, as we choose to fight against ignorance, discrimination, and hate.
Gun violence and tragedy continues to shatter our sense of safety, our sense of humanity, our belief in the goodness inherent in all people. If we slow down enough to feel what we feel, these shootings can elicit fear and feelings of helplessness that are hard to shake. We encourage you all to both feel what you feel, share those feelings with the people that you trust and love, and also recognize that goodness still exists in this world. It is all around you, in your connection with loved ones, in the kindness of strangers, in the activism that strives for a better future, and in the moments of peace and joy that can be found, even in the darkest of times.
Standing with you,
Your Friends at Jefferson Center