Here it is, the end of June, also known to the world as LGBT Pride Month, I sit here and reflect on the happenings that has taken place this month. First and foremost, we has one of the most tragic mass shootings in United States history down in Orlando at a gay nightclub. 49 people tragically died and over 50 injured, all because they were gay. The shooter happened to be an American Pro Isis fanatic and pledged his allegiance to the terrorist group in a 911 call he made before shooting up the nightclub. The very next day, at the Los Angeles Pride festival and parade, a man was caught with guns and explosives in his car right before the parade was going to start. A few other states made mention of some type of threat during their own pride festivals and they all beefed up police accordantly.

What did we do as a community? We stood together, like we always do. We became vocal about how we need to change gun laws here in America and that the violence needs to stop. Gay and Lesbian bashing needs to stop, Bisexual bashing needs to stop, Transgender bashing needs to stop. The one thing that the Orlando shooting has done has made the LGBT community voice louder. During the funeral of Orlando victims, there were a bunch of supporters who wore angel wings to block out the hateful Westboro Baptist Church from spewing their hate at the victims and their beloved ones. Best part about that, the idea came from an ally.

The equality fight will never die, as much as the right wing extremest try and keep us down. We will fight to be heard, we will fight to be safe, we will fight to be equal. In life, we are equal once we are born. We are human. Every single person on this earth bleeds when they are cut, cry when they something bad happens. That is what makes us human. Problem is, the human brain is something that soaks up information and can be conditioned to either support one another or it can be conditioned to hate. Can a human brain be changed to think differently? Yes. Hate a lot of times is a group thing, not an individual thing. Society tries to teach us that we should hate. That hate has been growing dimmer and dimmer over time. The LGBT community voice is strong. We will not be silent. We will continue to fight for our right to exist.

It does not matter if you are Gay. It does not matter if you are a Lesbian. It does not matter if you are Bisexual. It does not matter if you are Transgender. You are a human being. That right there, makes us equal, just like everyone else. Now, it is time to make them realize this.

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