This week has been a sad one for the United States. We lost Christina Grimmie in a senseless shooting. She lost her life at just 22 years old. In the middle of following her dreams and meeting the fans that she cared so much about, her journey here ended. The next day, 49 lives were lost at Pulse, a gay night club in Orlando, Florida. Every single person lost was just out for a night of fun, at a place that they felt safe and that they felt that they belonged. Hate caused these deaths, but we can’t let hate win. We have to remember each name, all 49 of them. And we have to find the love inside ourselves and let that be what we let shine out into the world. That’s the best thing we can do to commemorate the 50 individual lives that ended way too soon this week. Remember and don’t let hate win.
If you need to talk about what happened this week, you can text “TWLOHA” to 741-741 to talk to a crisis counselor through To Write Love On Her Arms. You can also call 1-866-488-7386 to talk to someone at The Trevor Project. Additional resources can be found here, and you can find a vigil near you right here.
Below you can see photos from the vigils that took place in Cincinnati’s Fountain Square and at the Below Zero Lounge. There was a huge turn out in show of support for the LGBT+ community. All photos were taken by Josh Mason, whose work can be seen here and here.