A Statement from John Stasio on the Shootings in Orlando
I just spent a week in community with a group called “Loving Men.” I arrived back in London last night and was enjoying my break from the internet, but when i reconnected I heard the news from Orlando. Violence and madness have struck again. In the times when I experience this level pain, grief, powerlessness and horror, I wonder what to do? When faced with such evil it only makes sense to me to stand for all that I hold dear, sacred and what makes me most alive. In the face of death, I affirm life. In the face of hatred, I affirm love. In the face of homophobia and anti-LGBT violence I stand together in community with queer brothers and sisters and allies. I feel grief, fear and rage. I will not let my repulsion to such violence be cast as hatred against any group of people who are no more culpable than I. I will repudiate any who turn such tragedy into a play for political gain. I will live on. I will love the life I still possess. I will continue to struggle and to love others -- and life itself with greater passion.