What a tragedy that even in death, a father couldn't find a way to accept his own son.
And what a tragedy that we still, as a whole, condition one another to think that this is okay, that this is normal. The victim's father was conditioned by prevailing attitudes in his Puerto Rican community [family members in Orlando eventually claimed the body].
It's still Pride month around the world, despite what happened in Orlando [and, it seems in Mexico as well, though there is little information that has filtered into the international media].
I've seen and read countless comments on social media in recent weeks in relation to what happened in Orlando. Comments that all but leave me to believe equality, acceptance and compassion are never going to be fully achieved if we don't ALL stand up to be counted..
On social media - and, here in Italy, in the press -, people have been commenting on how absurd it is that 'gay people congregate in gay bars?' 'Do you see bars for people with blue eyes? Or for blond people?'
Convenient narratives on how the mass shooting had nothing to do with sexuality have done the rounds too. Here, as elsewhere, members of the public and the clergy have made incredibly offensive comments: above all the kind that chalk up the events to being a clean up of sorts: that's 49 less pedophiles, 49 less animals, 49 less perverts.
My hats off to Cathy La Torre, a Sardinian who, officially denounced the Sardinian Don Pusceddu for his comments about how 'gays deserve to die' in the wake of the tragedy. Hate crime speech in Italy has its limitations - not extending to homophobic comments, but so far a petition of 30,000 signatures has demanded Pusceddu be fired for his comments. More (in Italian though, here).