When I learned about the mass shooting in Orlando, I was at Euro Pride Con in Berlin. I remember, some of us where standing around a table and instead of the happy chatter we were staring at our smartphones, reading the news, shocked and too stunned for words.
Just a little time before we were happy and even if there were serious moments, overall it was a very happy, friendly event of acceptance and love. Authors and readers connected over literature, books, panels etc.
Now everything had changed.
As I learned about this project, I wanted to be part of it. I wanted to contribute to it, help and now one poem of me, is to find in this book of amazing authors. New authors, readers, allies. Poetry is a wonderful medium. I always loved it. I was moved to smiles, tears and sighs reading all this texts.
To learn more, read on in this blog entry, by Lily G. Blunt, who started this project:
A collection of poems composed by over fifty authors
in aid of the victims and survivors of the Orlando Pulse Attack.
On June 12, 2016, the most horrendous mass shooting in US history and an unfathomable act of hate was directed at the LGBT community in Orlando. The horror of this tragedy reverberated around the world, leaving millions shocked and appalled at the senseless violence that destroyed so many innocent lives.
In a display of solidarity with the victims and survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting, a group of LGBTQ+ and straight allies, from all across the globe, came together to produce a collection of poems in celebration of love and acceptance.
The resulting Love is Love Poetry Anthology is dedicated to the families and victims of the shooting and all proceeds of this work will be donated to Equality Florida’s Pulse Victims Fund.
In this small way, the authors, along with the readers who purchase this work, seek to contribute to the lives of those who still suffer from the consequences of the malice directed toward them, and offer some positivity and compassion in the face of such bigotry.
AC Benus, Aditus, Andrew Jericho, Ann Anderson, Ash Marie, Asta Idonea, Betti Gefecht, Cam Kennedy, Cynus Eldranai, Darren White, dughlas, Eddy LeFey, Eden Winters, EmiGS Em, F.E. Feeley Jr., Gelybi , Headstall, Jack L. Pyke, Jana Denardo, Jason Frazier, Jay Rookwood, J.L. Merrow, Karina Rye, Kathy Griffith, Kay Ellis, Kaye P. Hallows, Kit Loffstadt, Laura B. Damone, Layla Dorine, Lily G. Blunt, L.J. Harris, L.M. Somerton, Louis Stevens, L.S.K Harris, L.V. Lloyd, Lynn Michaels, Maggie Chatterton, Maria Siopis, Monika De Giorgi, Parker Owens, Patricia Nelson, Pelaam, Petra Howard, Ravyn Bryce, Rick R. Reed, Ruski, Valik and Addy, S.J. Davis, Skylar M. Cates, Star Brady, Steve Baldry, Susan Crane, Tamara Miles, Tash Hatzipetrou, Tim Landon, Tracy Gee, Vicki Tubridy, Victoria Kinnaird, and Wendy Rathbone.
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Sincere thanks go to everyone who contributed their time, energy, and skills in the making of this beautiful anthology.
Special thanks also go to Jay Aheer (Simply Defined Art) for the fabulous cover art,
Kelly O’Brien for the ‘Love Wins’ artwork,
and Petra Howard and Tash Hatzipetrou for proofreading the final document.
Many thanks to Kelly O’Brien for contributing the
“Love Wins’ artwork.