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Orlando survivors: ‘Dear World, we’re not afraid’

Meka Beresford June 16, 2016
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Survivors of the Orlando massacre have released a video telling the world they are not afraid.

The video features survivors sending a message about their identity to the rest of the world.

(Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Put together by youtuber, Arielle Scarcella, the video tells a story about LGBT people struggling with coming out and the world’s reaction.

“My all the things that closet has seen. Inside it was dark small and lonely, but so much life has happened outside of that closet.”

“For the LGBT community, that life often comes with judgement. At their core, judgement and hate are simply fear.”

The survivors talk about forgiveness and pride in their identity. They also sent a powerful message about love following the attack.

“Our LGBT community is resilient.”

“Out of great sadness, love is born. We thrive, not because we are not afraid of hate but because we are not afraid of love.”

49 people died in the attack on the gay nightclub, Pulse, on Sunday morning. A further 53 people were injured.

Vigils have been held across the world in tribute to the victims of the massacre. Support has flooded Orlando, from hundreds of people donating blood to comfort dogs being flown in.

The youtuber is an advocate for LGBT people and describes herself as a love and life coach.

Watch the full video here:

Related topics: LGBT, Orlando massacre, Queer, shootings, survivors, US, USA

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