This morning devastating news broke.
Last night at Puzzles Lounge a gay bar in New Bedford three patrons were attacked. A young man entered the bar, asked the bartender if it was a gay bar. The bartender confirmed that it was and the young man went to the back of the room and proceeded to axe a patron in the head, pulled out a gun a fired on the crowd.
Certainly this swells and overwhelms us with uncertainty and emotion. Now is the time when we must send a message of love, tolerance, and respect for LGBT people. We of course are hurt and angry an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us, something we all learned when Mathew Sheppard was murdered. This has all the elements of pre-meditated, calculated, extermination.
In this sad hour and the more that are sure to come over the next day we must know our resolve. We must NOT be silent, we must NOT be complacent, and we must NOT be scared. This is your call to action: you must organize, you must call the groups you belong to and demand action, you must call your legislators, and you must write your newspaper. You, we, all must take care of ourselves and each other. This is a reminder that we are not safe.
Take care. Take action.