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Thoughts on Orlando: "Our freedom comes at a high price almost unbearable."


We are, like all thinking and feeling Americans, horrified by the events of last night. The vigil tonight starts at 7:30 pm, at 18th and Castro. We are posting here the two best things we have read so far, both from Facebook.

Hundreds line up to give blood in Orlando
Family members and police outside the Orlando nightclub

From Tom Ammiano:

The hardest thing to do right now is take a step back, to grieve, to plan. Everything is so raw, I want to lash out, but know violence can’t begat violence. There are those who will over politicize, but we need a community response free of rhetoric. Let’s mourn, and then fight back against the hate speech and the opportunism the laissez faire homophobia that enables. I was struck by the wonderful response for blood, and then troubled by the gratuitous restriction on gay men donating. I understand there will be a gathering at 18th and Castro for later today, although I am sure there will be spontaneous actions as well.

Take heart my friends, our freedom comes at a high price almost unbearable but Harvey Milk who paid that price knew that we could weather this, pay homage, and move forward.

From Marke B:

More being as queer as possible. More kissing in public. More drag in the streets. More dancing in nightclubs. More organizing to demand accountability and change. More wearing whatever you want, loving whoever you love, being whoever you are, wherever you are. More always being there for each other. More love everywhere right now.

Tim Redmond
Tim Redmond has been a political and investigative reporter in San Francisco for more than 30 years. He spent much of that time as executive editor of the Bay Guardian. He is the founder of 48hills.


  1. We shouldn’t segregate are cause, using exclusives why doesn’t matter behavior it was. Crime
    targeting LGBTQ society, unjustified amount impartiality…anyhow can get laws enacted to punish those hate crimes? State level okay Hillary your lying not federal state bureaucratic level. Where not a disoriented society retaliation: homophobic conversatives protected families have my. Condolence we need ask ourselfs where is LGBTQ future in America? Allow Rainbow to shine!

  2. We’ll see. The Clinton’s are shrewd politicians but they lose their shit when faced with dissent from the left.

    Plus, we can always pay some sexy young thing to lure Bill into ‘a situation’ and then use the dress a leverage.

  3. Oh, I’m definitely voting for Clinton in November. But the moment she moves to the right, I’m going to be an aggressive activist.

  4. Hillary Clinton: ““This was an act of terror. Law enforcement and intelligence agencies are hard at work, and we will learn more in the hours and days ahead. For now, we can say for certain that we need to redouble our efforts to defend our country from threats at home and abroad. That means defeating international terror groups, working with allies and partners to go after them wherever they are, countering their attempts to recruit people here and everywhere, and hardening our defenses at home. It also means refusing to be intimidated and staying true to our values.”

    And the Bush doctrine continues. . .

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