Since the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, many have added their voices of concern, support, outrage and love. The shooting left 49 victims dead and 53 injured.
Early Tuesday, Frank Ocean added his voice to the dialogue in a penned essay on his Tumblr page detailing accounts of personal experiences and addressing religion, hate, pride and acceptance.
He writes, “I hear on the news that the aftermath of a hate crime left piles of bodies on a dance floor this month. I heard the gunman feigned dead among all the people he killed. I heard the news say he was one of us. I was six years old when I heard my dad call our transgender waitress a ‘faggot’ as he dragged me out a neighborhood diner saying we wouldn’t be served because she was dirty. That was the last afternoon I saw my father and the first time I heard that word, I think, although it wouldn’t shock me if it wasn’t.”
Read the full essay here.
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