This morning when I woke up I was focused on writing my recap of last night's Orlando Pride match. As I nearly got finished with the article I began seeing items pop up on my twitter feed and facebook timeline related to the tragedy that took place at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
I briefly made a statement on facebook about feeling hit particularly close to home because of friends of mine that are in The Crown, which is the Pride's recognized supporter group. I was a little surprised to learn of the relatively high number of people in the LBGT community that are fans of women's soccer. And with a match last night, I was just out at a local sports bar with a bunch of other fans, many of them gay dudes and lesbians, and I realized that some of those same people who had been at the watch party may have been at that club later on in the night.
I'm not sure what I can say that others can't say more eloquently or more passionately, and I think it's important in times like this to do more than talk. Sure, people may be angry and grief-stricken and outraged, and that's fine. And today there's way too much political nonsense on social media on all sides of many issues in the wake of this tragedy. The day after such a tragedy is exactly the WRONG time to be political. The time to be political is when emotions are not high and when logic and prudent thought and reasoned arguments can lead the day, not when people are feeling threatened, either in terms of their safety or the safety of their rights.
But the appropriate things for today are to take action. If you are able to donate blood, go donate blood. Every news outlet and many outlets on social media have links to where donors can go to give blood. And if you are not able to give blood for some reason, then do something for those that are donating. I left home a little early today for a planned event in order to drop by a blood donation center and hand out a case of bottled water I bought at the supermarket. It's not much, but it's a way to stand with those who are giving blood and thus are standing with the victims.
Hug your kids. Tell a friend you care. Remember that no matter what differences of lifestyle, religion, nationality, skin color, or language you have with a person, the fact that you share human DNA means you have a whole lot more in common than you have differences, and that's reason enough to want to wish them well and not wish them harm.
That's all, friends. Be good. Stay safe.