The day after the Washington Capitals walked in the Pride Parade, a deranged human took it upon himself to destroy the lives of members of the LGBT community in Orlando. By now we all know the horrific details of a gunman who walked in to the gay bar Pulse and shot and killed 50, physically injured 53 more, and traumatized a city and a nation.
We at FiCP stand with the LGBT community. We support the Caps and Braden Holtby’s walk in the DC Pride Parade. We support You Can Play as we believe that any person should be allowed to play the game of hockey without fear of being isolated and harassed by teammates and/or staff.
We at FiCP have all witnessed the discrimination of our LGBT friends. We have seen a hockey player taunted by his team and made to feel as if he does not belong. We have witnessed a brave academic take the step to transform to the life he believed he always should have lived–even though it cost him credibility with some of his colleagues. We have seen some walk in silence, afraid to tell friends and family who they are for fear of being cast out by them. And we have seen the joy of many who have courageously embraced a lifestyle that we don’t always understand and yet we have respected and loved them just the same.
We live in a world that seems to spew hate at every turn. There may have been a terrorist intent in the actions of one person in Orlando Saturday night; however, that doesn’t take away from the fact that the target was a gay bar. There was hatred that led to mass murder.