The Tragedy at Club Q in Colorado is a Direct Result of Legislated Hate By Despicable Extremists Who Hate Freedom and Preach Intolerance
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When I woke up on Sunday, I did what I usually do; I checked my phone. This is where I learned of yet another senseless mass shooting in the greatest country on earth. Five people are dead, and at least 25 more were injured after.....wait for it; someone charged with BUILDING A BOMB TO KILL HIS MOTHER got his hands on weapons of war to eliminate queer people and anybody who supports them.
Rest in Peace to the five victims of this heinous act of hate.
If you're a halfway reasonable person, you may ask yourself, "now, how could charges like that possibly be dropped?" Well, when your grandfather is a member of the California State Assembly who compared the January 6th attempted coup to overturn a fair, free and legitimate election to the start of the Revolutionary War, strings can be pulled, like getting charges against your grandson who threatened to blow up his mother with a homemade bomb dropped.
So much for the party of "law and order." Who's "soft on crime" now?
Some people have told me not to write about such "divisive" or political topics, but respectfully they can kiss my whole flat ass. I'd rather stand up for what I know is right and use my voice and the small platform I have to institute positive change in society. There's literally no reason for tragedies like this to happen. They are enabled by terrible/unenforced laws and hate-filled propaganda designed to anger people enough to do exactly what happened Saturday night. Fox News has blood on their hands.
Make no mistake about it. This shooting was a hate crime against queer people and those who support them. I'm so fucking sick of this hatred and lies that have been accepted as truth by millions of uneducated, hateful morons. LGBTQ+ people are just trying to live their fucking lives. Nobody is forcing children to transition, and the vast majority of trans kids aren't "getting their genitals" mutilated as the "love your neighbor, well not those, or those neighbors," so desperately want people to believe. Was Spotlight about drag queens or priests? I can't remember...
Scumbags like Matt Walsh will go on podcasts like the Joe Rogan show and spread lies about trans children designed to anger conservatives.
Countless Republican/American Fascist Party members do the exact same thing with their various platforms.
God forbid these parents who are so worried about their children learning about or even accepting LGBTQ+ people actually raise their kids. Nobody is forcing you to go to drag shows or watch Queer Eye.
The far right is actively trying to destroy all the progress the queer community has made over the past few decades.
In 2022 alone, more than 300 anti-LGBTQ bills have been introduced in state legislatures across the U.S., according to Human Rights Campaign. Republicans like Florida Sen. Marco Rubio collectively spent at least $50 million on anti-trans ads during the midterms. Meanwhile, far-right pundits and politicians falsely accused transgender folks of being "groomers" and referred to drag queens as "pedophiles."
To be clear, countless studies have affirmed gender-affirming care for youth is safe and effective, and has been endorsed by several major governing medical bodies, because it improves mental health outcomes for trans youth into adulthood. Children aren't being forced to transition.
Texas is trying to classify drag shows as the sexually orientated businesses and their designation of a "drag show" is ridiculously loose.
This entire ordeal is so fucking sickening and frustrating. Trans people deserve dignity and respect. It's not asking too much.
The "best part" of this tragedy is that multiple heroes stopped the attacker, including a trans woman who beat the shit out of this piece of garbage with her pumps. God bless these courageous people for saving lives. If only the Uvalde police department had some officers as brave as trans women. Originally, Richard Fierro, the hero who subdued the shooter called the woman a drag queen, but she is a trans woman. It's important to know the difference. Richard is a fucking hero who unfortunately lost a loved on at Club Q Saturday night.
Why are these people so concerned about what other citizens do? If America was truly the freest country on earth, people should be able to identify however the fuck they want. It's not your business. You have no right to tell parents how to raise their kids and why would anybody fucking choose to be trans or gay? Nobody would willingly put themself into a positive to be a target of hatred. You don't choose who you're attracted to, and you sure as shit don't choose the sex you were assigned at birth.
And do not get it twisted. This is not the same as parents who want to rewrite history to promote lies and their hatred. There's a difference between accepting someone as who they are vs. promoting lies and hate. Like why the fuck is Virginia removing Martin Luther King, Jr from the curriculum?
The shooting at Club Q is devastating and heartbreaking. Unfortunately, it's not the first time I've written about a mass shooting affecting the LGBTQ+ community. Pulse happened in 2016, my first year writing DOL, and not much has changed since. If anything, things have gotten worse. These are all signs of a democratic backsliding nation.
Fuck Tucker Carlson and anybody who supports him.
There's no reason to actively try to make life worse for other people. Until something is done to address the gun issues in the country, we're gonna have more and more of these stories. Three football players at UVA were murdered last week. My heart breaks for all victims of all these senseless murders. People were out just trying to have a good time and a monster decided he had the right to murder them. I want to keep going, but I've got therapy in like 10 minutes and need to get this blog out. Rest in Peace to those who were senselessly killed. I hope the other victims have speedy recoveries. God bless everybody who helped take down the gunman. If you're a bigot who wants to restrict freedom of people simply trying to exist, fuck you.