26 Things Queer People Actually Want To Hear After Orlando

“I grieve with you, care for you and want you to know that you are not alone.”

Here's what they said.

“My mom cried with me and listened to my fears and assured me I was safe and that our home was a safe haven for me. I think people really need to ask their LGBT friends how they are, listen to them. Ask them if there's anything you can do and try to make a safe space for them to tell you their fears.”

—Mello Abby Marvin, Facebook

Just tell us that you love us.

Just tell us that you love us.

“A straight friend of mine responded and said she loved me, and that she could not understand why people were so cruel. Another friend called me after I had told him I was scared and confused after the shooting. He just wanted to know if I was alright.

Reach out and let others know you are there for them. Be a shoulder to cry on, for others to lean on. Be human.”

—Iván Torres, Facebook

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“My teacher from high school sent me a message on Facebook and part of it read, 'I grieve with you, care for you and want you to know that you are not alone.' Of course, I wish more people were more affirming and understanding at this time, but receiving that message from a teacher in conservative rural Kentucky meant so much to me.”

—Leah Beth Dublin, Facebook


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