You’re Not Alone

It’s been a rough week. There was so much violence and death reported on the news it’s difficult to even register the full gravity of it all. On top of that, loving parents on vacation with their son learned the hard way that, in Florida, deadly efficient predators lurk in water so shallow even adult fish would prefer not to swim there. Did I know that before this week? Yes, I did. Would I expect anyone else to know who doesn’t live in the areas these predators thrive? Absolutely not.

Next week we meet with therapists and a teacher from our state’s early intervention program to discuss our son’s progress and our goals for the next year. He was tested last week by neurology and the teacher. It was devastatingly obvious he’s behind. How far behind is difficult to discern. Neurology told us he’s performing between 18 and 24 months in general. The teacher gave no hints about what she thinks. We’ll find that out next week.

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Donations can be made at this GoFundMe page. It’s been vetted by NBC Miami and is being managed by Equality Florida.

Local hospitals are in need of blood donations. This is a list of local blood donation centers. Despite rumors to the contrary gay men may not donate blood unless they’ve been free of sexual contact with another man for a year or more.

Attacks like this are perpetrated to instill fear. If you see something suspicious, please report it immediately to local police. While it’s legal to have guns in many places, it’s more than reasonable to question anyone openly carrying a firearm in a place where shooting it would not be appropriate. Keep in mind some may carry today for self-defense.

Hatred and violence against any group of people is NOT OK. Anyone viewed as different from mainstream society is at risk of being targetted. Regardless of whether the attack is perpetrated because of Race, Color, Religion, National Origin, Age (40+), Sex, Pregnancy, Citizenship, Familial Status, Disability Status, Veteran Status, Genetic information, or ANY OTHER REASON, it’s just as horrible.

The special needs and medically complex community stands with Orlando. We’re sending prayers and positive thoughts your way.

Statement from Pulse

Like everyone in the country, I am devastated about the horrific events that have taken place today. Pulse, and the men and women who work there, have been my family for nearly 15 years. From the beginning, Pulse has served as a place of love and acceptance for the LGBTQ community. I want to express my profound sadness and condolences to all who have lost loved ones. Please know that my grief and heart are with you.
Barbara Poma, Owner

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