By Alex Temblador
Following the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, many people spoke out in support. Citizens from across the U.S. and the world wrote encouraging notes on social media. Celebrities came together to create songs to raise money or videos that told the life stories of each of the victims. And the truth is, each and every video, tweet, and in-person discussion mattered — because we can’t and shouldn’t forget Orlando.
In addition to these posts and videos, YouTubers of the LGBT community shared their voice and their thoughts on the tragedy through their preferred platform — YouTube videos. These videos are raw and filled with the entire spectrum of emotions.
So in case you missed these, we thought we’d share a few with you, as they provide uplifting messages to the LGBT community, to the U.S. , and provide information that can help us prevent a tragedy such as Orlando from happening in the future.
Tyler Oakley is a star YouTuber who shared his feelings on Orlando a few days after the tragic shooting. He encourages everyone to take time to grieve over the tragedy. However, he also asks those in the LGBT community to not hide themselves from the world following this tragedy — to remain proud and strong in the face of adversity. “Your experience is worth living,” Oakley says.
He does call on politicians to do something: “Shame on fucking politicians who will offer thoughts and prayers instead of actually doing something from their place of power. That’s why we need to do something!”
Check it out below:
The tragedy in Orlando hit Hannah Hart hard — as it did for many people — and it’s clear that she’s battling a number of emotions throughout the video. And she discusses this. She asks people to work through their emotions and tells viewers that it’s okay to be scared, but that fear can be used to help work toward a change. Her main point — for each and every person to do something. She calls on Americans to call, email, or tweet their Senator and representatives and ask them to change gun laws.
“If you really want to help, then you have to help.”
The Next Family
Brandy Black and Susan Howard of The Next Family also made a video to discuss the Orlando tragedy. Both moms struggle in different ways to express their different emotions and feelings about the tragedy. When the shooting occurred, the two moms were on vacation with their children and Brandy shared how she was scared and didn’t want to be traveling at the time. Susan, by contrast, felt so frustrated after the shooting that she refused to be scared and felt like she wanted to give back to Orlando by showing more pride for being a part of the LGBTQ+ community.
“I don’t believe in teaching tolerance, because I don’t believe I need your tolerance,” Susan says, adding, “Leave my family alone, leave our community alone… allow people to live and be the way they are.”
Susan’s perspective helped Brandy to find her confidence and power again: “I had to build myself back up to feel powerful and to feel like everything I had fought for, to have a happy life and a happy family, should not be taken away or diminished because of people like that.”
They encourage the LGBTQ+ community in the U.S. and the world to remain strong and live their truth in the best way that they possibly can.
Watch the video below: