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49 fatalities in Orlando join 1000s of LGBT victims worldwide

TV news coverage of Florida massacre of June 12, 2016.

TV news coverage of the Pulse nightclub massacre of June 12, 2016.

Sadly, the 49 people killed by an anti-LGBT gunman in Orlando, Florida, are just the latest additions to a list of 1000s of  victims of anti-LGBT attacks worldwide.

The names of many of the first identified victims of the June 12 massacre have been added to this blog’s tally of  victims of homophobic hate-crime killings.

The Orlando attack brought an end to a period in the United States when the lives of many LGBT Americans had seemed relatively safe, at least in comparison to their counterparts in more violently homophobic countries, 77 of which have laws against homosexuality and 10 of which have laws providing the death penalty for same-sex intimacy. That sense of relative safety now seems illusory.

Victims of the anti-gay attack on April 25, 2016, in Bangladesh

Victims of the anti-gay attack on April 25, 2016, in Bangladesh

A further change for LGBT Americans is that in the United States now, as in Bangladesh in April, the LGBT community isn’t alone in being targeted by hate-filled killers — though there’s not much comfort to be had in realizing that LGBT people share with other members of society the characteristic that they walk around with bull’s-eyes on their backs.

For more information, see this blog’s related coverage:

This article was revised June 13 to correct the Orlando death toll to 49 from the earlier-reported toll of 50.

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7 thoughts on “49 fatalities in Orlando join 1000s of LGBT victims worldwide

  1. If I didn’t appreciate the information that your blog provides weekly I would absolutely and unconditionally unsubscribe from it based on your completely inappropriate treatment of the mass killing of 50 people of your community.

    Diminishing the loss of such a large number of people, just because more LGBT people may have died in much more difficut situations does nothing to help the cause and will only incite people to stop caring – since you don’t seem to care about this massacre.

    You should be ashamed of yourself for this blasé headline. I suggest you delete it and start again.

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    • Dear Ashton,

      I sense your pain and have no intention of discounting it. The article and the headline were only aimed at illuminating the context for the horrifying event in Orlando within an ongoing series of smaller but also horrifying events.

      Sincerely,
      Colin Stewart, editor/publisher of this blog

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