Dear Minx Lovers,
In the last few weeks it feels like the world has been turned upside down.
The Stanford University rape trial, where the judge who gave that rapist bastard (I refuse to speak his name) a lenient sentence.
The Orlando shootings. An evil murderer ripped through an LGBT club in Orlando, taking innocent lives, and destroying families and an entire community in one night.
The Jo Cox murder, where less than 2 weeks ago, MP Jo Cox, and women’s rights campaigner, was murdered outside her constituency office, for what appears to be her political views.
What the actual fuck? How is this possible? And the biggest question- why?
The truth is that I don’t know. I don’t know why. For the most part, I don’t think we’re going to get answer.
All you can do when faced with things like this is to look at yourself and how you react, and respond.
So today I want to focus on the positives of these events.
I want to celebrate the two Swedish students, Carl-Fredrik Arndt and Peter Jonsson, who stopped to intervene when they saw a woman being raped. One chased the rapist while the other stayed with the girl and they held him and contacted the police.They saw something wrong, and they stepped in and stopped it.
The mass outpouring of support for the victim, and outrage at the leniency of the sentence. This is what decent people do.
I want to celebrate the people who with various acts saved lives in the Orlando shooting. Imran Yousuf, a bouncer who opened a door to help people escape, then stayed to help carry the wounded to ambulances. The emergency services and hospital staff who arrived on the scene and treated the wounded. The hundreds of people who donated blood in the following days. The vigils that were held around the world to show support of the LGBT community in Orlando.
The love that has been show for Jo Cox, and the recognition of the work she was doing, and what she was fighting for. The show of strength and unity in Parliament as they honoured her memory and swore to be there for her family. The tributes paid up and down the country by people who knew her and the support shown by people who didn’t.
We must focus on the fact that in the face of evil, terror, rape and murder, good honest people have stood up and shown love, compassion, courage, and unity.
We cannot change what has happened, but in the days and weeks and months to come, we can choose how we will react to it.
I ask you all to think about what’s happened in the last month. I want you to think about the people you love, your families and friends. I want you to think about your own views, sexual preferences, political stances, relationships, and remember what’s happened in Orlando, Stanford, and the UK.
It doesn’t matter if someone votes a different way to you, or lives a different way, or is gay, straight, ultra liberal or ultra conservative.What matters is how we treat people.
We have to do more to promote compassion, tolerance open mindedness, and education about sex and relationships.
We have to combat this ignorance, hatred and intolerance with love and strength.
We have to stand together.