Radical Love: Remembering Orlando

You can choose to live radically without blowing or shooting things up.

  • Love radically

  • Care radically

  • Don’t just follow the usual; stand up for people. Make a difference.

Step out of your comfort zone and make radical, potentially life-altering choices to help people.

  • Spend your last dollar buying someone else a meal.

  • Take time out of your day to be a listening ear.

  • Have a real conversation with a stranger.

  • Give your time or your skills to a cause.

  • Be a lonely person’s date for the day.

  • Muster up the strength to be there for someone, even when you need someone there for you.

It’s not hard to be selfless at times. Maybe you can’t care more about others all the time, but everyone can choose to intentionally for even just a few hours. If you want radical change, then you have to start doing radical things. It’s cliche, but “if you always do what you’ve always done, than you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”

Every crisis brings about two possible choices: to forget and move on or to change. This past week I’ve seen the LGBT community rally as a whole. All the subgroups that seem to fight among each other more than the outside world, have stopped and taken time to grieve, support, and remember. One can only hope that this tragedy will bring about radical change both inside and outside of the community. 

The following are just a few of the many ways people have chosen to give back or honor Orlando that stood out to me.

 

 

 

Unscheduled and Unsponsored by Disney this vigil is a truly touching moment as the Magic Kingdom goes completely silent for 49 seconds in honor of the lives lost.

 

Eli Lieb and Brandon Skeie wrote a song entitled Pulse to honor the victims. They struggled with how to deal with the tragedy and unite the community. They were even scared that maybe being so publicly out as gay was the wrong decision, like so many people in the community have felt. This song was their way of standing up and saying: love conquers hate and that they would rather “be a strong positive example through difficult times than to be scared and hide.”

 

Greg Zanis traveled to Orlando from Illinois with handmade crosses for each of the victims. He plans to allow people to leave their messages to the lost, and then give each cross to the victims families.

 

Melissa Etheridge’s new song, Pulse, was inspired by the shooting and was written as her way of grieving and dealing with the tragedy. “There’s just something very poetic and very meaningful about the name. You just start thinking about your own pulse. It’s the way I’ve always felt about the gay movement, the gay issue. Here we are – people who are loving; we are fighting for who we want to love.”

 

The Broadway community chose to give back with this video and special recording ‘What the World Needs Now’ in honor of Orlando.

 

Rap Artist, Caskey, dedicated his new video to those who lost their life in his home town of Orlando. The video shows him riding around reminiscing about his life and various tragedies.

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