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This week I experienced a lot of anger and grief over the Orlando Massacre. As a trans-lesbian, I felt squarely in the crosshairs of homophobes who demonize people like me, in public actions like North Carolina’s anti-LGBT bill and House Republicans’ attempts to overturn President Obama’s executive order that bars anti-LGBT discrimination by federal contractors. And because the Orlando shooter was Muslim, many of those homophobes focused on Islam and denied any responsibility for creating a cultural climate that demonizes LGBTs.

That anger and grief was real, and perhaps unavoidable. But I was too upset to be politically active and, without coordinated action to effect change, this kind of grief can become debilitating rather than galvanizing. So this week I’ll look for opportunities for the kind of coordinated action that can turn grief into progress.


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