I Am Orlando

I Am Orlando
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Shavonte Zellous is a guard on the New York Liberty WNBA basketball team, who was on a flight back home to Orlando when she heard the news of a man unleashing the full fury of an automatic rifle into a unknowing crowd of revelers. The nightclub where over 50 people were murdered, Pulse, is in her neighborhood, five minutes from her high school.

This link takes you to The Players’ Tribune, and Zellous’ heartfelt angst as a gay person dealing with the irrationality of hate. “What am I doing that’s so bad that makes you want to kill me? That makes you hate me?”

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