[By Melanie Reim in New York City] That's what I feel like saying to the hate mongers among us in this world. I arrived to The Stonewall Inn vigil for the Orlando shooting victims a little trepidatious.
Though I love drawing big crowds, I am always a little nervous, having been trampled at an outdoor concert many years ago. I need not have worried. When I first arrived, people were milling about,
the street not yet crowded. There was a palpable sadness in the air, and I watched, feeling kind of intrusive, as people laid flowers and wiped tears from their eyes, unabashedly, often hugging loved ones, and yes, strangers.
Reporters, press, police, all very chill and very beautiful.
the mayor and the chief of police.
Even as people walked through the crowd, there was a unity, a beauty, a calm and
lots of love, of love, of love.
It is time for a change.