This is a space to share reactions to the Orlando nightclub shooting.
Note that many people feel strongly about the tragedy, and I ask that you respect other people’s feelings. I also encourage people to exercise their right not to participate, if they feel they either aren’t emotionally prepared right now, or feel they cannot be respectful.
One thing I don’t really like about being a blogger is the implicit expectation that I always react to current events, particularly tragedies. I talk about them in private conversation, but in public I worry that my reactions are non-normative, or even hurtful to others. I did not have much of a reaction to the shooting, until the next day when I read an article about the victims. That’s so sad, I don’t know why I did that to myself.
It’s easier to think about the political ramifications. Even though I’m part of the club-going queer population, it feels less personal that way. I don’t actually participate in all the public discussion, but listening to it feels like business as usual to me.