Early Sunday morning, I lost 49 brothers and sisters in a brutal attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla.
Since then I have been awash in a sea of emotions, ranging from shock, despair and heart-break to fear, compassion and love.
Among these many feelings I have also found comfort in the fact that members of the gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual community — of which I am a part — are finally being viewed as human beings.
Our lives matter.
My life as a lesbian has been filled with judgment, rejection, hurt, pain and fear.