I wept as I read this morning’s news, as I checked Twitter during the day, and as I watched the news tonight. I wept from sadness, frustration and anger. There are a couple of things I want to say; probably nothing different to what others are saying but I need to express it anyway.
This was not just a hate crime. It was a hate crime against the LGBTI community. There is a difference and if you can’t see that, then you have never been afraid to kiss your partner in public.
On the other hand, we can’t lose sight of the individuals. These were not ‘just’ gays. The victims were/are waitresses, nurses, teachers, lawyers, accountants…aunts, uncles, sons & daughters…
This is personal to me on many fronts, and personal in a professional sense too. One of my staff, Cameron, spent a year in the USA studying. Cameron’s gay. (I have his permission to write this) He came home safe, but I can’t help thinking it could easily have been him. And that if something happened to him, the world doesn’t just lose a gay male – it loses a son, brother and uncle, museum archivist, pianist, actor and much, much more.
Today hate robbed people of their lives, families and friends of loved ones, and the world of the awesome potential of each victim. I can’t describe how sad that makes me. Please – reach out with love and acceptance, not hate. One final thought; libraries need to be havens of love and acceptance for all people – are we? #BeKindToEachOther