Originally born from gay clubs that were (and still are) essential sanctuaries for those that felt like outsiders, electronic music has always sought to unify people of every walk of life. Dance floors are still both an escape and a way to come together – an inspiring, joyful and connecting communal experience. Music reminds us, especially in times of uncertainty, of what is true.
It’s no surprise that in response to the weekend’s massacre at Pulse nightclub in which 49 people were killed and a further 53 injured, the dance music community has taken to Twitter to express shock and outrage and to show support to the victims and families. We’re all in it together.
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So much love going out to everyone in Orlando. Hate won't win. Homosexuality is still illegal in 77 countries, and people are being persecuted the world over.This is why queer spaces are so important … and what made yesterdays attack so awful, because it was the defiling of a safe space.
Annie Mac (@AnnieMac)
While I can understand (not condone) political ambition, greed, power lust etc-- - I find actualhatred completely alien and so truly sad. How to stand up to the gun lobby? How to break down the power of the NRA? This has got to stop.
Not been this shocked in a while... It's actually crazy It's a terrorist act in many ways but not in the way certain media outlets are starting make people think was. Hate being serious but it's actually shocking... 49 dead, 53 injured....
The Black Madonna (@blackmadonnachi)
So help me fucking god if the US news outlets fail to describe what just happened at Pulse as a terrorist attack on queer people... Also fuck literally everyone who has worked for anti-queer legislation in America and anywhere else. The blood is on your hands. Pulse is exactly the kind of hometown club that saved my life. It is the kind of place that let me live as a young person.
I am so sorry this has happened. I am so so sad and sorry. To all my queer family and people who support them, I love you. I fucking do.
Today is the worst possible reminder of how homophobia, transphobia and misogyny live in the same universe. Distinct yet connected.
Mike Servito (@mikeservito)
appalling and disgusting.
my heart is heavy today and it's big. hope yours is too. feeling all sorts of ways.
live in your moment and be grateful of your life. your family. your friendships. live full for you and stand strong. we fight til the end.
Levon Vincent (@levon_vincent)
I wanted to express my deepest condolences, my pain for the patrons of Pulse and the battered people who suffer throughout their entire lives simply for being born. I give my love to the suffering homosexual men and women of this Earth -and to all the lean people who inhabit this Earth. I am with you in solidarity and in my dismay for sociopathic individuals, and their reckless quest for false integrity.
Rest in Peace.
With love. Levon
OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO THE VICTIMS OF THE ORLANDO SHOOTING. OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH THEIR FRIENDS AND FAMILIES. THE ORLANDO AND PARIS SHOOTINGS HIT SO CLOSE TO HOME SINCE THEY
HAPPENED AT MUSIC VENUES. IT'S A SCARY TIME FOR ARTISTS AS WELL AS FANS.
Gavin Herlihy (@gavinherlihy)
thankfully despite the horror love is still beating strong
Dalston Superstore (@dsuperstore)
We are proud, we are full of love, and we will never stop being who we are.
Shame on you @realDonaldTrump trying to use the heartbreak and tragedy in #orlando for your political gain. Shame on you. Our thoughts, love and prayers with Orlando. Unthinkable...
My heart is heavy as I read about what happened last night in Orlando. And in a nightclub no less - a place that I consider as holy as any place of worship. As an American I'm ashamed that our country has repeatedly roadblocked any sensible gun control legislation. And as a Muslim by birth, I'm ashamed and sickened that someone would carry out yet another cowardly act of atrocious violence in the name of a warped interpretation of Islam via a terrorist group. Regardless of the political or social circumstances that allowed it to happen, this is a Muslim problem and Muslims worldwide must band together, condemn
these extremist views and root this evil out once and for all. Enough IS ENOUGH! We're living in dark times. My heart goes out to the families of all the victims of this tragedy.
Hopefully the silver lining in all this is that we grow from this tragedy and unite to stomp out this prejudicial bullshit.