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LGBT Orlando: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Posted by kdadmin on June 14th, 2016.

LGBT Orlando: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Though my flight left Tampa on Sunday afternoon, my heart, thoughts, and prayers remain with the victims, and families, ofSunday night’s terror campaign in Orlando, FL.

I hope my friends who were there are safe …

Honestly, when monsters demonstrate such hate, I want to reach out to all my LGBT friends around the globe and tell them I love them. That I would perform their wedding ceremonies again. That I would attend their adoption hearings again. That I will continue to support their small businesses. I want to encourage their desire for love and happiness.

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

After all, isn’t this the point of living in this country? Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? Certainly, this phrase has been betrayed throughout this country’s history; from religious persecution to racism to chauvinism to homophobia, but it’s still a fabulous goal. And I for one, want to be on the side of supporting the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness of my fellow humans. I want to live with people who would do the same for me.

Take, for example, my friends,Eric and Steve. On Monday, they took the time out of their busy lives to support the Orlando community and the efforts of GLAAD.

Eric was my wedding florist. He’s a successful small business owner, the kind that this country is built upon. He owns Floral Logic and has won the honor of “Best Florist” by Minnesota Bride Magazine over several years. The photo above showcases the bouquets he made for my wife’s bridal party. His work is stunning. I’ve recommended him nationwide.

Equal Opportunity Living

I don’t promote Eric because he’s part of the LGBT community, I promote him because he’s great. Like most people, I choose my friends based on their individual greatness, regardless of their race, color, creed, gender or sexual orientation.

Look, in spite of our differences, I think we, as individual members of society, can agree that murder and mayhem are not the way towards a better world. And while I’m probably preaching to the choir, I want to support those in all communities that have been hurt by Sunday’s tragedy. I imagine we all do.

Speaking of which, consider the local efforts of the LGBT and Muslim communities in Minnesota. They have a long standing history, with a relationship of mutual respect and support in spite of a fundamental disagreement in creed. This is a sustainable model.

So, let’s set aside our phobias, our paranoia, or our prejudices, and use this opportunity to support those around us during their time of need.

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