The Stonewall Inn Vigil
Two days after the terrorist attack in Orlando, Fl., New Yorkers gathered at the historic Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village for a somber vigil to honor the Orlando victims. The vigil was organized on Facebook and on the bars official site, brought together thousands of people who wanted to show condolences for the tragedy.
Thousands stood in solidarity for the victims at the deadliest mass shooting in the history of America which kill 49 people in a gay nightclub in Orlando. Many raised protests across the nation to demand for LGBTQ rights and gun control to prevent further vicious shootings.
Mayor de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, attended the vigil, as did Gov. Cuomo, at the landmark bar, the birthplace of the gay rights movement in 1969.
“How many people have to die before this federal government comes to its senses?” he said. “We had Columbine, we had Virginia Tech, we had Sandy Hook, we had San Bernardino, we had Aurora, Colo. When does it stop?” Cuomo said.
My heart shattered to hear the news on Sunday. It’s been exactly one year since the U.S. nationalized gay marriage. And in June, we also welcome pride month in which rainbow flags are waved the highest. Gay people are strong people. We understand that success doesn’t come easily, but we work toward our goals relentlessly regardless of any setbacks. In the history of gay rights, we have witnessed difficult situations way more unfortunate than what happened on Saturday night, but we have always stood together, indivisible. As vicious as it is to conduct violence, it’s unforgivable to be against gays because being against gay is being against the equal rights to happiness. After all, all the setbacks we encounter will not make us back down, but will only reunite, rebuild, and glorify our community. They more they hate, the gayer we get.
Cuomo said that many politicians think that it is too soon for gun control. What do they mean by saying too soon? Do we need more people to be killed in the future in order to realize the potential danger of abusing guns? Is the death of 49 people less significant than the death of 300? Before guns are controlled, people’s safety is still at risk, and danger is ubiquitous. Firearms need to be banned for the majority’s safety which had long been risked for the minority’s right to hunting deers.
Just like how we said “Je suis Paris” before for Paris, today, we are saying “We are Orlando.”