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#Microblog Mondays 94: Pride

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This was supposed to be a happy post.  I was going to tell you about how we marched in the Capital Pride parade this weekend.  It was my first time marching in a parade vs. watching from the sidelines, and it was fun and overwhelming and emotional.  We waved and danced and blew kisses to hundreds of thousands of people.  The ChickieNob and I tucked rainbow flags into our hair, and the Wolvog zig zagged across the route, passing out candy to the crowd.  It was an enormous party.  I have never been cheered on by a crowd, and we left that night with our bodies buzzing from all the excitement.

Capital Pride

And then we woke up, and Orlando had happened.

The amazing high to the lowest low; both defy words.  Our hearts are with the families of the victims at Pulse, and with the entire community.


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1 Middle Girl { 06.13.16 at 7:48 am }

Everytime I’ve gone to Pride I’ve had the best time. It is a fantastic party. I’m sorry your experience was dulled by the events of the weekend.

2 Lori Shandle-Fox { 06.13.16 at 8:23 am }

I know that this horrible massacre in Orlando is being attributed to a terrorist and his allegiance to a “foreign” group but to me it feels like another hate crime being fueled by the tolerance for hate (if not outright encouragement of it) during this presidential election.

3 Beth { 06.13.16 at 8:41 am }

I agree with Lori. So much hate. So much sadness. My heart is so heavy. And I am trying so hard not to live in the fear but to live in love. I’m trying so hard to teach my girls that love is love and that is all that matters. But it’s hard. It’s so, so hard.

4 Lavonne @ the OCD infertile { 06.13.16 at 9:03 am }

Words cannot even begin to express the sadness and devastation that this news brought.

5 Ana { 06.13.16 at 9:04 am }

I’m so sad, and feel so hopeless. Its driving me towards apathy, which is really scary. I agree with Lori, I am afraid for what is going to come as a backlash of this. Hate begets hate.

6 Kaeleigh { 06.13.16 at 9:05 am }

It was beyond horrifying to wake up to that on Sunday. I cannot even fathom the deep hate that exists in some people. My heart aches for the victims.

7 Lori Lavender Luz { 06.13.16 at 10:51 am }

There are no words…

8 Shail { 06.13.16 at 11:07 am }

Really sad.

9 Stephanie (Travelcraft Journal) { 06.13.16 at 11:56 am }

So, so heartbreaking.

I’m glad you shared your experience at the Pride parade, though. Sounds amazing. Any particular reason you decided to march this year?

They’re predicting a high of 118 here Sunday. Which would explain why Phoenix Pride is in the spring.

10 Justine { 06.13.16 at 12:27 pm }

I keep choking back the tears. It’s been too much. But I’m so glad that you were there, and that your kids were there … in some ways, it was important context to have for what happened on Sunday.

11 Turia { 06.13.16 at 2:05 pm }

I say this as a Canadian watching from north of the border, but I am so frustrated that the shooter allegedly has “ties” to terrorist groups, because what that probably means is he’s a lone wolf who’s opted to attach himself to something without any real organization. And now the whole issue will get clouded in terror rhetoric and the real issue (why can people buy these kinds of guns legally?) will be glossed over.

It’s just so heartbreaking.

12 JustHeather { 06.13.16 at 3:47 pm }

🙁 No words, just sadness.

13 Cristy { 06.13.16 at 4:30 pm }

I’m glad you went with ChickieNob and Wolvog to celebrate. That they got to experience the joy and love that comes with Pride. And I hope that as the days go on from the tragedy and we remember those lost too soon, that we remember again the joy that were celebrating. Because hate should never win out over love.

14 nonsequiturchica { 06.13.16 at 5:50 pm }

So heartbreaking.

15 Traci York { 06.13.16 at 5:54 pm }

I don’t know which hurts more – my head or my heart.

16 Cynthia Samuels { 06.13.16 at 6:53 pm }

Mel so interesting that you wrote this. I also had a double reaction; mine is covered in my post above. It was amazing to be with all these amazing young people with middle eastern and sub-continent ancestors. They are so very vulerable.

17 Apluseffort { 06.13.16 at 8:42 pm }

That juxtaposition 🙁
I’m at a loss with this gun violence and can’t understand why people are so vociferously against even talking about the problem.

18 UmaS { 06.13.16 at 9:39 pm }

Oh yeah…taking part in a parade and marching is so much fun ! Reminds me of my childhood days where I took part in the Republic Day parade as part of the Girl Guides…

19 Jess { 06.13.16 at 9:43 pm }

How wonderful to have marched, and how awful to go from the highs of that experience to the devastation of what happened in Orlando overnight. It’s so interesting to be an 8th grade teacher in these times, with kids I can talk about these things with, kids who want to understand things that aren’t understandable. I’m with Lori, and I fear that in focusing on possible terrorist links it takes away from the fact that it was a heinous hate crime. I just don’t understand why anyone who’s not active military can get an assault weapon meant to kill many, quickly. So many things to feel with this tragedy. So sad for the many who were killed just because they were at an LGBT nightclub, for the families who lost them forever, and for those injured or escaped who will never ever be the same.

20 torthuil { 06.13.16 at 9:48 pm }

How interesting. I found out about the Orlando attacks shortly after signing a petition to recognize ISIS genocide in occupied areas. To say myself and your commenters have a different perspective is a ludicrous understatement. (but still many things in common. For which I am grateful).

I do not believe your country or mine will be united in love anytime soon. Canada has strict gun laws anyway. I’ll let you know how that works out for us.

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