Hari Nef, Jeremy Scott, and more Young Creatives on the Orlando Tragedy
Ever since reports of the horrific Orlando shooting started pouring in early Sunday morning, a dark cloud has permeated the world. People have taken to social media to express their deep sadness, their condolences, and their hope and prayers that love will eventually triumph all. But there have been other reactions too—ones that are less passive displays of support, and more calls to action.
What makes these atrocities so particularly frustrating is that, if smarter policies had been set in place, they could have been prevented. The 15th mass shooting in this month alone (there have been five since), the shooting at Pulse this past weekend is, for many, the final straw. As important as it is to show your support and offer sympathy and prayers, for many, that’s no longer enough. Below, we’ve compiled some of the most interesting and compelling responses from the Milk community to the Orlando tragedy.
Like many others, Milk favorite Jeremy Scott recently took to Instagram to show his support and voice his opinions on the tragic Orlando shooting. “Fight hate with love,” read the caption, alongside a photo of one of the graphics he used for his spring/summer 2017 collection—a collection in which he played with violent, military-themed tropes and symbols, turning duct tape bullet bandolier belts into soft scarves and Miss America-looking sashes, slapping Mickey Mouse ears onto bulletproof-looking helmets, and making bra cones out of fighter jet propellers. “Sadly,” his caption continues, “its as relevant today as it was then.”
Fashion’s favorite DJ and Instagram’s favorite funny man, Gaubert began showing his support on Instagram—if not passively, then rather quietly, with an image of a rainbow flag, the emblem of the LGBT community, with the caption “Pray for Orlando.” But soon after, it seems he was galvanized into action, posting loud and conspicuous displays of support. A photo of the Eiffel Tower, for instance, was posted with the less-than-subtle caption, “erect in Paris.” And he posted memes too that could be described as IDGAF in nature, and read,“Out of the closet and into the street,” and “Not gay as in happy, but queer as in fuck you,” setting an admirable precedent for his 190k followers.
Goddess and trans activist Hari Nef took a more aggressive approach, with an Instagram of a flyer for Pulse nightclub. More so than sadness, her caption captured the anger that so many are feeling in the wake of this tragedy that, despite being blamed on ISIS by some, did, as she pointed out, happen on American soil. And while showing support isn’t wrong, it is refreshing to see someone call people out for what are ultimately empty efforts—or, as she puts it, “half-baked erasure condolences.”
in the wake of this tragedy it's vital to remember that last night was latin night at #pulsenightclub with trans performers jasmine lopez and @kenyamichaels headlining so as much as we have to "pray for humanity" or whatever half-baked erasure condolences you've got we have to fucking mobilize against the nationwide stigmatization of queer bodies particularly trans bodies particularly trans bodies of color like…an american did this in america empowered by us laws this is not about islam or a long since pink-washed notion of lgbt solidarity this is about how us law permits arbitrary hatred of the most vulnerable minoroties to sublimate into what can only be called genocide
The outpouring of support from the LGBT community following the Orlando shooting has been particularly moving; for it would be all too easy for the community to let an atrocity like this instill fear in them. Like Blanco, reams of people in the queer community have stepped out and spoken out to demonstrate their fearlessness—and, in doing so, have given others the strength to follow. The musician and dogged activist for LGBT rights demonstrated the importance of visibility with an Instagram of himself holding a bottle of COMPLERA, the “HIV medication I take everyday that keeps me ‘Undetectable’ & living my very UN-normal life.”
The massacre that has happened in Orlando is beyond tragic, for the victims, their families, the LGBT/Genderqueer community, our allies and all Americans. The first thing I think of when something this devastating occurs is visibility, visibility for the marginalized and the vulnerable. The fems, butchs & trans whose bodies cant conform to homogeneous gender roles or beauty standards who are highly visible and so vulnerable. The HIV Positive people of America, queer or not who keep secret their status because of stigma, shame, misinfomation and so remain both invisible and vulnerable. This is COMPLERA the HIV medication I take everyday that keeps me "Undetectable" & living my very UN-normal life on the road touring internationally. We are Queer, We are visible & on dark days such as these our visibility matters even more
Since the onset of his brilliant music career, Dev Hynes has continually broken down stereotypes. He’s also consistently supported the LGBTQ community, and recently attended the memorial for Orlando victims at Stonewall.
— Devonté Hynes (@devhynes) June 12, 2016
Hynes also rallied behind (re: retweeted) Kid Cudi’s tweet, in which the rapper called out the hip-hop community for not supporting the LGTBQ community as much as they should (or can).
The Hip Hop community is the least outspoken about gay rights and Ima go out my way to change that.
— The Chosen One (@KidCudi) June 12, 2016
And like so many others, Hynes also went on the attack, targeting Stacey Dash and her blind support of Trump.
Delete your account https://t.co/tKqcFMFL26
— Devonté Hynes (@devhynes) June 12, 2016
Stay tuned to Milk for more on the Orlando tragedy and how you can help.