Today is a hard day for many of us.
It may be difficult for those outside of the LGBT community to understand the role a gay nightclub plays in our coming out process, and the safe haven that it becomes as we seek to escape to a place where we can hold hands, steal a kiss, and dance without fear. What happened last year tore at us so deeply because while we may not feel safe being LGBT in a majority of public settings, gay clubs are the one place where we go to be absolutely free. For many of us around the country and the world, we know that as soon as we step out of that club that we will have to face a very different reality from the one of laughter and lights inside. The reality of the attack is that it could have been a club in any city anywhere in America, where LGBT people go to escape. All of us who go out to LGBT places collectively thought "it could have been me in there". But it’s an especially hard day for those of us with personal connections to the tragedy.