About the Pulse Shooting

When I was living in Orlando, I went to a local Italian sandwich shop. In this shop, they had magazines, brochures, and various other things for other local businesses in the area. One was a LGBT-oriented magazine, which in it had an advert for Pulse. This is how I found out about Pulse for the first time.

I thought Pulse was an appropriate name for a gay night club in Orlando.

Driving along I-4, routinely seeing billboards for LGBT-family days for both Disney and Universal Studios was a regular occurrence.

Saying “Orlando is a LGBT friendly city” is an understatement. Orlando has a strong LGBT community that it supports, and in turn the LGBT community supports Orlando.

Yet, Orlando’s much more than that though. It’s also an international tourist destination. It’s also home to the University of Central Florida. It’s also home to an incredibly strong sports community, thanks to the Orlando Magic and newcomers to MLS Orlando City Soccer Club. It’s also blossoming into a tech hub, with EA having a game studio there, as well as Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

Orlando is a big city, both in size and in heart. It is home to all walks of life, and everybody who lives there or who has lived there knew it. That is what makes it great. Orlando was always very proud of it’s LGBT openness, as it fits nicely into the idea of the city being open to everyone.

I don’t say these things to minimize or dilute the tragedy at Pulse. My intent is the opposite, to expose to everyone just how much this tragedy affects. The mass shooting at Pulse has attacked a local, Orlando business. And I am once again fucking outraged because of the discriminatory shooting that LGBT folks have experienced and once again nobody seems to be willing to help us with. I am also mad because it hits at the idea of Orlando.

I’ve been to Pulse before. I could have been among those dead last night. I am fortunate that I am not. My heart, however, goes out to Orlando’s LGBT community, and I feel for the students, coworkers, sports fans, nerds, tourists, and whoever else whose lives were forever affected that night.

I’m confident in saying that affects all of Orlando.