Vigil Honoring Orlando victims draws over 150 community members

 

Reposted from OUT As I Want to Be:


Co-hosted with the First Universalist Church in Rockland, our vigil on Tuesday, June 14th at the Rockland Library lawn drew over 150 youth and adults to honor the victims of Orlando -- and all of our LGBTQ family and straight allies.

The following poem read by Rockland Mayor Louise MacLellan-Ruf captured the sentiments of many, some of whom shared their own grief and call for action on gun control and keeping our youth safe.

"These are times that drop us to our knees.
Let us not be part of the vitriol and rancor
Instead let us unite in spirit and support
For all of our brothers and sisters
Mothers, fathers and friends
Lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender and straight.
It does not matter.
We are all one.

We grieve and tonight remember Orlando.

We will continue to love out loud
We will continue to laugh out loud
We will continue to live out loud

We will continue to put ourselves out there
Offering kindness and love
Until the ignorant see the truth
We need to believe that
We outnumber the haters
We will outman and outrun the hate
We will outdistance the din
We believe that being out and about matters
With our persistence the hate will burn out
We believe, no, we know that
Our voices of sanity, kindness and fairness will win out."