One of the first things I do in the morning is turn on the news. For some reason, I didn't turn it on right way this morning. I checked my phone first. I saw the terrible news out of Orlando. TV goes on. I was stunned and sad. I couldn't get up out of my chair so I covered back up and I watched and I watched. My community is now the subject of the worst mass shooting in US history.

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This was posted to Pulse Orlando's Facebook page a little after 2 am this morning.

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Social media saved lives today. The facts at this point, 50 people are dead and dozens more are injured. I'm devastated because a place like Pulse may be the only space where LGBTQ people feel safe and they feel they can be themselves without scrutiny. That safety was taken away in minutes. Here are a few comments from the Pulse page.

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The last comment brings back memories of the Paris Bataclan attack last November. Our country is not alone in this tragedy. Every community will unite in the face of all attacks on freedom. One thought to keep in mind, love conquers hate.

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