Jun 13, 2016 7:28 PM GMT
http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/nation-now/2016/06/13/anti-gay-community-blood-hands-orlando-shooting-column/85820464/Every anti-gay politician, every bigoted preacher, every self-hating bully has blood on his hands. Make no mistake about it, the shooting in Orlando which targeted the LGBT community was the end result of decades of anti-gay hate speech and gay bashings.
Every time a politician or community leader has advocated second-class citizenship for gay Americans, it has given permission to the haters to strike out — in this case in a mass slaughter.
What’s worse, the politicians themselves often don’t even see the connection. Florida Senator Marco Rubio grabbed the spotlight Sunday by denouncing “the new face of the war on terror.” And while he condemned what he called, “the way radical Islamists have targeted gays and lesbians in other countries,” he must have had amnesia about his own record. It is a record so bad that the LGBT publication The Advocate last year concluded, “Marco Rubio might be the most anti-gay presidential candidate yet.”
...Another friend, gay historian Gerard Kosovich, wrote on Sunday, “LGBTQ people face the threat of terror daily… The terror of religions that condemn us. The terror of political parties that work to deny us full citizenship. The terror of elected officials and candidates who attack us. The terror of school authorities who look the other way as we are being bullied. The terror of media that spread hate speech. The terror of families who turn their backs on us or who in words or silence make it clear they see us as inferior. All of them have blood on their hands.”