A Gay Dad’s Open Letter to Donald Trump: Stop Dancing on the Graves of our Slain LGBTQ Brethren

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I woke Sunday morning to my phone chirping that a new text message had arrived. It was from my radio show co-host, Steph Taylor inviting me to a vigil to be held in our local town… a vigil for Orlando.

I did not know anything had happened in Orlando, but as with all other mass shootings, I usually got the first news from such a text as Steph’s.

A popular LGBTQ club called the Pulse had been invaded by an assault rifle wielding gunman and over fifty LGBTQ people were dead, and an equal amount severely wounded.

For whatever reason, my first exposure to commentary by those seeking to lead our nation was that of Donald Trump. He was opportunistic in his commentary. The first tweets I saw were: “Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism.”

“Reporting that Orlando killer shouted “Allah hu Akbar!” as he slaughtered…

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On Massacres and Fear

Last night while I was half-asleep, I noticed an article about a shooting in Orlando. I chose not to read it because I generally don’t like reading the news, especially sad news. Today, now- the story is everywhere. It’s tragic, it’s terrifying, and it won’t ever be something easily forgotten.

50 people died- not of a natural disaster or some freak accident. They were murdered.

I’m sure as you’re reading this, you have probably heard about it. If not, the article is right here.

What happened early this morning was the deadliest shooting spree in the history of the United States. An act of terror, an act of hate.

Also today, a man who was targeting a Pride parade in California.

There is so much hate in this country right now. How am I not supposed to be scared for my family? How am I not supposed to be scared for other people like me or anyone for that matter? We can no longer feel absolutely safe in our schools, on military bases, or in places of leisure like clubs and movie theaters. All because of hate.

When does it end? How many people have to suffer before we end the spread of violence and intolerance fueled by hate? My heart goes out to the families of those in Orlando, and to anyone targeted by hate. Love should always win, and I hope one day love and compassion can overcome all of this hate in the world.

New Pet and a New Domain Name

Hey everyone, it’s been an interesting couple of days. As a graduation present from my mother-in-law, I got a kitty.

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His name is Toothless (after the dragon of course). He is super lovable and enjoys to play. This is the third day he’s been home and he has definitely taken to me. I leave the living room and he comes looking for me if I’m gone too long. I am happy to have a cat again and I’m glad our daughter has a pet to grow with.

In other news, I have a new domain for the blog. You can now find this site at https://victoriaslebron.com. Well, that link may or may not work for the next few days. Now, my pizza’s almost done but I’ll make sure to post again tonight.