The shooting comes at a time when transgender bathroom legislation is still being hotly debated in states like North Carolina and FDA guidelines still make it difficult for gay men to donate blood, adding more fear and homophobia to a climate that allows senseless acts of violence like the Orlando shooting to occur. The massacre at Pulse is just one more reminder that hate still exists and more needs to be done to fight it.
As Pride month continues, we hope to see more photos of love and support as #GaysBreakTheInternet and continue to prove that love will always win.
WANT MORE FROM ESSENCE? Subscribe to our daily newsletter for the latest in hair, beauty, style and celebrity news.