Orlando Club Shooting: Is Anywhere Safe?

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A church. A movie theater. An elementary school. High schools and colleges. Restaurants and cafes. Now a gay club. Am I missing any? If i am it’ll likely be added to the list, sadly. Because this pattern of destroying each other for whatever reason doesn’t seem to be going away.

Politics aside (Im not in the mood to get into the anti-gun vs. guns dont kill people, people kill people debate.) how are we as a whole expected to live together in peace. Seriously. Any suggestions? How can any of us pump our chest with pride for living in the United States when we are more divided than ever. Ever.

So divided. So at odds with our freedom to live the way we each rightfully should,
our own countrymen are making us extinct.

TBH this problem isnt going to get solved in a hallowed chamber holding our elected officials. We tried that already. Not that we shouldnt keep trying. But we also and most importantly need to figure out what motivates someone–born in this country–to be filled with so much hatred they pick up a war gun and kill 49 total strangers and wound 53.

Why are so many broken people roaming around us? And how are terrorist groups like ISIS and Al Qeada the glue holding them together with their doctrine of hate? I know these questions will likely never be answered but in order to diagnose this national illness we need to determine its cause. Luckily we already found the solution for those willing to accept it.

 

Pretty in Purple! Celebs Stand Against Bullying

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10:  (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Laverne Cox  visits at SiriusXM Studios on June 10, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)

Puuuurrrrppplllee Rain Puuuurrrrpppplllee Rain.

Prince isn’t the only one donning the royal color today. In honor of GLAAD’s Spirit Day, which rallies against bullying of the LGBTQ youth, celebs like transgender poster girl Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black), mommy-to-be Kandi Burruss and her RHOA castmate Cynthia Bailey pulled out the purple outfits.

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Today Show anchor Tamron Hall reminded us of the significance of the day alongside fellow anchor Natalie Morales.

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And we saved the best for last. The Prancing Elites took to Facebook to urge supporters to go purple. As an added incentive they give a dose of their song and dance skills. You betta werk, hunty!

Happy Spirit Day, remember to choose kindness. To learn how click here.

IFYOUBLINKED Woman Crush | ‘Scandal’s’ Kerry Washington Tackles Homophobia in Black Community

Kerry at this year's GLAAD Media Vanguard Awards.  Photo Courtesy: Getty Images

Kerry at this year’s GLAAD Media Vanguard Awards.
Photo Courtesy: Getty Image

Just when you think Gaga has the LGBTQ community cornered, Olivia Pope..ahem Kerry Washington threw her white hat into the mix. Accepting the GLAAD Media Vanguard Award earlier this week, she took the opportunity to get some “stuff” off her chest in regards to gays, lesbians, trans… a whole crop of “others” consistently blackballed in media. The Scandal star demands more of them be brought to the forefront to have their stories told. Because without them expressing their journey “in front of and behind the camera” the palette of diversity is incomplete.

To say she had the crowd–including How to Get Away with Murder‘s Viola Davis, Shonda Rhimes, Ellen Degeneres, Portia DeRossi and Glee‘s Alex Newell aka Unique–on their feet is an understatement. K Dub had them eating out of the palm of her hand. And rightfully so. There are so many varying perspectives in the world in regards to sexual orientation, identity and race that are just now, like it’s 2015, people, being explored on the large and small screen.

Choosing Kerry Washington as this week’s Woman Crush was not only based upon her advocacy for LGBTQ rights, but also for her outspokenness when it comes to homophobia in the Black community. It’s a topic akin to airing out a family’s dirty laundry. You just don’t do it. But, Kerry did and I applaud her for doing so.

On Black people not accepting gay marriage:

The first thing that I say is please don’t let anybody get you to vote against your own best interests by feeding you messages of hate.

She continues:

And, you know, people use to say stuff like that about you and your love. And if we let the government legislate love in our lifetime, who do you think is next?

Just to give background, Kerry has being fighting the LGBTQ and Race fight loooonnnng before she became a Shondaland darling. Two years ago she did Q&A with Advocate.com about her personal experiences in the gay community. She talked about growing up in a progressive household with gay and lesbian friends floating in and out. And working among the gay community in theater camps and mentoring workshops.

When asked if she came across closeted actors, this was her response:

Sure. I’ve actually talked with friends about the similarities between being closeted and the idea of passing in the black community. Those in the black community who could pass for white often did so to get more opportunities in life, but it came at such a great cost. When you buy into the cultural idea of what’s acceptable and unacceptable, you reinforce negative stereotypes and prejudices. That wouldn’t work for me.

What does work is her need to speak out on Twitter–against anti-gay laws in Russia and support for marriage equality–to enforce change.

I urge you to watch her full GLAAD Media Award acceptance speech below. It will be worth your while.