Frank Ocean Opens Up About Orlando Shooting: “Many hate us and wish we didn’t exist”

“So we say pride and we express love for who and what we are.”
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“So we say pride and we express love for who and what we are.”
Frank Ocean (photo via David Gold)

Frank Ocean (photo via David Gold)

Frank Ocean has penned a heartfelt letter in response to the horrific, mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, which targeted the LGBTQ community.

Back in 2012 Ocean opened up about his own sexuality in a post on Tumblr, and this recent tragedy brought up a spectrum of emotions, prompting him to share his experience with discrimination. In his recent post he wrote about how he reacted to hearing the news.

“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 he was one of us.”

Ocean went on to describe an incident from his childhood, focusing on a transphobic incident with his father.  

“I was six years old when I heard my dad call our transgender waitress a faggot as he dragged me out of a neighborhood diner saying we wouldn’t be served because she was dirty.”

He would go on to address the many issues facing the LGBTQ community in our society today. Whether that be same-sex marriages or using the bathroom, Ocean touches on the hope that one day everyone will be looked at as being equal. You can read his full post below.

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[via: Fact]