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Ways You can Help Orlando Victims
We here at Smart Gay Life are shocked and appalled at the shooting inside an Orlando gay club that left forty-nine members of the LGBT community dead this weekend. Under any circumstances, an attack on innocent people would be an atrocity. For the Orlando shooting to occur in the heart of Pride Month makes this tragedy especially difficult to comprehend. Many want to help Orlando victims who survive this tragedy.
We join the rest of the LGBT community and the country in grieving for the victims of this hate crime and their families. We know that like us, many are looking for ways to help Orlando victims in the aftermath of the shooting. Here are some ways you can show your support and help Orlando victims:
1 Donate Blood
One way you can help Orlando victims is to donate blood. If you are an eligible blood donor, especially one with a universal blood type, take some time out of your day to donate. The OneBlood blood bank quickly reached capacity after putting out a call for donations the day of the tragedy. However, a steady supply of blood will be needed to help Orlando victims of the shooting. Even blood from donors outside of Florida will ensure they get the care they desperately need.
2 Donate Money
Equality Florida has set up a GoFundMe page to help Orlando victims and their families. It will be working with local and national organizations to effectively distribute the funds in the next few days. The campaign has raised over $2 million so far. Every dollar raised will directly help Orlando victims of the shooting and their families.
3 Contact Your Lawmakers
The Orlando massacre–much like other recent mass shootings–shows that our gun laws are in desperate need of an overhaul. Enacting sensible laws is a major step in reducing gun violence, whether through tougher restrictions on assault weapons or expanding background checks and waiting periods. Call or email your senators and representatives to demand change.
4 Attend a Vigil
Across the country, members of the LGBT community and our allies will gather in the coming days for vigils to remember the victims of this horrific loss of life. While many have already occurred, the website We Are Orlando is continuing to update its list of vigils nationwide. You can find out where your local LGBT organizations and community are planning to gather. Attending a vigil can help Orlando victims and families with a show of support and solidarity.
5 March with Pride
This shooting is an attack on the entire LGBT community. It is becoming increasingly clear that this violence emerged from bigotry and hatred from a shooter who would prefer that LGBT people remain in the closet. Don’t give him–and people like him–the satisfaction. Instead, be more out and even prouder as Pride Month continues. Show the bigots that the LGBT community is united against their hatred and will not be deterred.
6 Talk to Someone
Across the LGBT community, both in Orlando and beyond, many are struggling to deal with these horrific events. Reach out to a friend within the community to see how they’re doing and if they need support. National LGBT groups like the Trevor Project and National GLBT Center have staff on hand for anyone needing to talk.
We are still reeling from the events that occurred on Sunday morning. Many are having a difficult time processing the grief, anger, and confusion that comes with such a monumental loss of life.
We hope that these ways to support and unite as a community will help over the next few days, and that the LGBT community will emerge from this tragedy stronger and even more resilient. Please let us know of any others ways to help Orlando victims.