People say that the country came together when we landed on the moon. People also say that we came together as a nation after 9/11. There's a oneness that happens with things in a society are so rough that you have no choice but to be kind to your fellow man.
When the Pulse shooting happened, it was one of the most devastating events to ever reach the gay community. Even though marriage equality has finally become a reality and certain communities were seen as more accepting, we had a terrible event that changed everything. Though, when you think about it, black-lives-matter is another group in its infancy because of the mistakes of selected individuals.
So, why didn't the nation come together after Pulse?
Because WE changed.
We changed in a way that would come to haunt us. Social media gave us the ability to know about this tragedy, just as much as it provided us the distractions to move forward. We had a presidential election on the horizon and we were more concerned about locker room talk then the lives of our fellow Americans. We wanted to believe in the excuse that it was all about Isis. We also wanted to believe that our straight friends who chose to ignore this horrible event by sharing a meme involving a cat instead of the horrific events that cut us so deeply was their way of wanting to respectfully move forward. In reality, it was there way of telling us that our tragedy, was not THEIR tragedy.
We need to do better in a way that allows us to mourn on a global level while making a promise to do right by each other no matter what it takes. It's very hard to check our own privileges and recognize that ever second of every day there are people who would die for a drop of the privilege we may blindly carry. Our neighbors all have different struggles and we need to understand that. Pulse may have been the most devastating thing to happen to the gay community in many years. Lets at least try to learn from it. Lets try to not forget it.
How about we stop trying to move forward, and actually take more then a day to remember.