This Is What Frank Ocean Has to Say About the Orlando Shooting
Frank Ocean has penned a powerful open letter in the wake of the Orlando shooting that left 49 dead and more than a dozen people injured.
The Odd Future singer, who came out in 2012, took to his Tumblr on Tuesday (June 21, 2016) to share an emotional message about the gay nightclub massacre. Drawing from his personal experience, Ocean recalled the first time he experienced homophobia and transphobia.
“I heard 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,” he began. “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.”
“Many hate us and wish we didn’t exist. Many are annoyed by our wanting to be married like everyone else or use the correct restroom like everyone else. Many don’t see anything wrong with passing down the same old values that send thousands of kids into suicidal depression each year,” he continued. “So we say pride and we express love for who and what we are. Because who else will in earnest?”
He added, “I daydream on the idea that maybe all this barbarism and all these transgressions against ourselves is an equal and opposite reaction to something better happening in this world, some great swelling wave of openness and wakefulness out here.”
“The tragedy that occurred in Orlando hurts me in so many ways. It hurts me as a man, as a human being, and as a gay person, because so many of the victims were brothers and sisters of the LGBT community,” Martin wrote in a lengthy essay. “I am in pain, I am sad, I am angry.”
Broadway stars such as Lin-Manuel Miranda, Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, and Sarah Jessica Parker also recently recorded a musical tribute — titled “Broadway for Orlando” — in honor of those affected by the tragedy.