June 13, 2016
Dear Pope Francis,
I appreciate that you have expressed “horror and condemnation” and recognized that it was “senseless hatred” that led to the massacre in Orlando. I, and many others, share these feelings. However, you, and most of the bishops in the U.S. who have responded to this tragedy, have failed to name the reality that those who were killed, injured, and traumatized in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history were patrons of a gay nightclub, and that nearly all identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.