“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those killed in Orlando” may be the most empty words ever spoken.
The same people who tell everyone that I am a threat to women and children in public restrooms now turn around and spout empty words of comfort to those who lost loved ones during the worst mass shooting in our history. The same people who fought against marriage equality. The same people who fight fairness ordinances.
You can not speak hate to the LGBTQ community and then turn around and speak of love.
As one person tweeted after the massacre, “Love is not a light-switch that you can turn on and turn off as you see fit!”
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Our community has endured a lot of government-sanctioned hate recently as North Carolina enacted HB 2 and 12 states, including Kentucky, sued the Obama administration over the Department of Education guidelines for transgender students.
Many religious leaders here in Kentucky who showed real sympathy toward the people of Paris, France after the bombing there by extremists have been particularly silent this week over this tragic event.
Many are quick to condemn Islam, but they can’t see where their own extremism and homophobia are getting people killed every day.
So far in 2016, there have been over 100 transgender women murdered just because of who they were. Most of these murders happened in so-called Christian countries.
Violence against LGBTQ people has increased over the past couple of years, according to FBI crime statistics. With the Supreme Court ruling last year and the increased visibility for my own transgender community the hate-filled rhetoric has only increased.
Words have consequences. Those hateful consequences were on horrific display in Orlando on June 12.
If you vote for people who spit hate, if you go to a church where they spit hate, if you give money to one of these “family” organizations that spit hate, then you are complicit in the mass murder in Orlando.
So the next time you get down on your knees and pray for the families of one of these horrific acts of violence against my community, be sure to go to the restroom of your choice and wash the blood off of your hands.
Tuesday Meadows of Lexington is an advocate for transgender rights.