The News June 12-17: Heartbreak.

Story of the Week

Massacre. Early Sunday morning, a gunman shot up a queer nightclub, Pulse, in Orlando, Florida, killing 50 people and leaving about as many injured. The vast majority killed were from the Latinx community, and virtually all are presumed to be queer. The portrait of the shooter is confusing (his name is widely available on the internet, for those interested.) He was accused of domestic violence, homophobia, and appears to have struggled with mental health. He was also Afghan-American and from a Muslim background, which has fed into American stereotypes about Muslims, American and otherwise, and influenced the news cycle greatly -- mostly for the worse. This blog is in personal mourning, so here is a round-up of stories post-Orlando:

Eric Garcetti - Flickr

Eric Garcetti - Flickr

Blues Buzz


Regional Updates

South Asia:

Southeast & East Asia:

Europe & Eurasia:

  • A British MP was shot, stabbed, and murdered by a man who reportedly had anti-refugee sentiments and Neo-Nazi ties. Her murder comes as Brexit tensions rise; the Vote Leave crowd are disproportionately opposed to resettling refugees and opening Britain up to newcomers. 
  • English and Russian football (soccer) fans are exactly why we can't have nice things.
  • Russian spies hacked the American Democratic party and took their opposition research on Donald Trump.
  • The Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack in France; a man murdered two people violently, one of whom was an off-duty police officer.

Middle East & North Africa:

Sub-Saharan Africa:



Quote of the Week:

"I think that mainstream LGBTQ organizations have not been great about understanding intersectionality however it occurs, and specifically for LGBTQ Muslims...That privilege comes with actually being able to fit all parts of your identity and the not having the world force you to choose. People don’t say, ‘How can you be gay? You’re white.’” - Sahar Shafqat, "The Complicated Pain of America's Queer Muslims" - The Atlantic

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