Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Anniversaries

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was . . . yesterday.

Monday, June 12th, marked the first anniversary of the Pulse massacre. Mourners gathered in Orlando and around the country yesterday to remember the 49 LGBTA souls lost and 58 wounded a year ago.  Their crime?  Dancing. Dancing while gay.

Pulse was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.  As much as gays like to make a splash, we would prefer not to be the holders of this record.

Pulse was the worst of times.  But it's important to remember that yesterday was also the 50th anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia decision, when the Supreme Court struck down laws banning interracial marriage.  An expansion of civil rights generally, Loving v. Virginia helped lead to Obergefell v. Hodges specifically, so for the American LGBT community, June 12th has a silver lining.

Or a rainbow lining.  Take your pick.