#WeAreOrlando

RIP

RIP

Early Sunday morning we heard the news that a shooter had murdered many people at a gay club in Orlando, Florida.  We were immediately concerned in part because we have friends who were in Orlando last week to celebrate Gay Days.  We later learned that they were home safe before the shooting started, but many were not so lucky.  49 LGBT people and their allies had their lives cut short, and 53 people were injured.  This is the worst mass shooting in US history.

In the aftermath, it has become clear that the shooter was an American born Muslim who was married twice to women but apparently frequented gay dating websites and clubs.  He legally purchased the two guns he used to commit these crimes and even though he had been on terrorist watch lists, the Republican controlled Senate blocked a bill that would prevent such people from buying guns last December.

I sincerely hope this incident teaches many that homophobia and self loathing can indeed be lethal.  Maybe this will result in some sensible gun control laws, but I do not have a lot of hope.  After all, if a classroom full of 1st graders slaughtered in 2012 couldn’t move GOP controlled Congress to do something, what chance do 100+ dead and injured homosexuals have today?

Summer Begins

Last weekend, we celebrated the end of the school year with a trip to Orlando.  AJ and JJ were excited to visit Universal Studios to see the Harry Potter attraction on Friday.  The whole family (with nanny Pat and her son) got to experience Gay Days at Magic Kingdom on the customary first Saturday of June.  DJ and MJ got to meet the “mouf” that is featured on their diapers at Epcot Sunday.  We had a great weekend and were glad that we even got to spend some time with some other gay dads we have met and become friendly with over the last year.

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