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ORLANDO. What is it for the world?

04/07/2016

Silence; for them, for us, for every single human on this planet. The only question rising, is why? Why is there any kind of hate?

The recent event left in tears millions of people, after 49 people died, and more than 50 were injured during the Orlando shooting in the popular gay nightclub called ‘’Pulse‘’ in the State of Florida, USA. The target, as clear as it is, were LGBTQI+ people, whose safety was questioned right after the act. Listening at the news, people stayed speechless and shocked, and some thinking constantly: Who’s next? Is there any hope to live freely, without being targeted?

Over the years, this community and their alliances fought for gaining basic human rights which people perceived as “privileges”. Over the years LGBTQI+ people lived under continuous attacks and discrimination of various ways and expressions. Still, after all these years, they managed to raise the occasion and survive.  

Such an act of hate seems like a strong hit on what the community managed to “build”, on their fight to survive and be equal. But does the community, including their alliances, surrender or is this another trigger for remaining together stronger and unite even more? These attacks stand against a long way for recognition of LGBTQI+ rights in the U.S., especially after the changes which took place last year, which reminding the world of the discrimination and danger that this community still faces not only in developing countries, but also in the so called “developed” ones.

Being discriminated is not something that LGBTQI+ community has to face. Young people have to face all sorts of discriminations during their life. Lack of understanding, tolerance, acceptance, education continue to build on these attitudes. If people were able to live without discrimination, it would offer them the chance to share and learn from their differences, love and actions. People need to learn, need to be educated, need to experience what it is to be different. One day this could lead to a peaceful society where everybody deserves to breathe the same air, live under the same sun and enjoy this life like everybody else.

Does it always take the world to experience pain and acts as such in Orland, in Turkey, in Brussels, in Paris to wake up for the right and common cause, or could everything have been prevented?

As YEU, we call you to Act! Support LGBTQI+ organizations and people supporting minorities, as these people are people you know, friends of yours, your family; Act for a change, one word is enough to spread wisdom, support and love.

I wish one day, we would spread more love than we do hate. In the meantime, think; light a candle for those who just wanted to dance, and remember:

“Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.”  Maya Angelou


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