This has been a very rough year. The shootings at Pulse, the sudden death of my uncle, the slow death of my grandmother, and the political upheaval of the election all took a toll on me emotionally. Josh has been very patient with me, as he has always been. My birthday falls at the end of the year, which is naturally a very reflective time. This year I turned 42 and I have come to the conclusion that my answer to “life, the universe, and everything” will always be my family. As long as I have Josh, JJ, AJ, DJ, and MJ by my side, I will always be content. This birthday, Josh took me down to Fort Lauderdale for a quick romantic getaway and we had a lovely dinner date night!
We have something exciting planned for 2017. Stay tuned.
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?
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.