Sorry for the seriousness, folks, but this one hit close to home. As regular readers will know, the God of Hellfire and I are very active in the downtown Orlando alternative club scene, and though Pulse was not one of our regular haunts (we had only been there once or twice), it was very close to the clubs that are, and we knew many people who frequented it, worked there, or lived nearby. It could have easily been any of us, and in fact, we and many people we knew were indeed in the area last night, as we and they are nearly every Saturday night. The GoH and I uncharacteristically went home early, but it could have been different. I can’t imagine what the victims and their families and friends must be going through right now, and for what it’s worth, my most heartfelt sympathies are with them.
If you live in the area, please consider donating blood (though you might want to wait a few days, as the need will be ongoing and I think all area donation centers are overwhelmed at the moment). If you don’t live in the area, please consider donating to the Pulse Tragedy Community Fund or the Pulse Victims Fund on GoFundMe (but trust me, don’t read the comments there if you want to keep your faith in humanity).
Oh, and fuck your motherfucking homophobic religions.