Following last week’s mass shooting at gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Florida, there is no doubt that every LGBTQ community in every city was shaken to its core.
Winner of Rupaul’s Drag Race Season 8, Bob The Drag Queen wants to give her word of encouragement to everyone who’s affected by the horrific tragedy.
The Orlando massacre which took the lives of 49 innocent people and wounded 53 others is an act of terrorism and a hate crime. It was meant to instill fear and rob people of their joy and sense of hope.
Queer spaces are important because they help build a social network in the community, and many a time, they were where activism started too.
Pulse was supposed to be a safe haven for queer people to gather and have fun without worrying about the judgment of the outside world.
‘For some people, that’s the only space where they don’t have to worry about how gay they are, or how trans they are, or how queer they are in general,’ Bob says.
The drag superstar then adds that ‘not living in fear is a form of activism.’
‘Activism doesn’t always mean laying on the streets and getting arrested… shouting, “Hell no, we won’t go” from the top of your lungs,’ she continues. ‘Just going to meet your friends and singing a night of karaoke when someone thought they are going to scare you into not doing that, but you did it anyway, and you prevailed.’
Bob wants you to ‘not let terror do its job but let love do its job instead.’
‘Going out and having fun is a big deal. It is huge! Going to the parade and having fun is a very, very big deal,’ she urges.
‘The point of Pride is to go out and celebrate life, including the lives of those who fought for us to get to where we are, and the lives of people who were not here with us right now.’