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Joe Stone: Is On It

RUMOURS THAT GUNMAN WAS GAY ARE PREDICTABLE AND CLOUD THE ISSUE

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AT THE TIME of writing, just days after the Orlando nightclub massacre, various regulars at the venue are telling reporters that the gunman was a closet case. They say he’d been a regular at Pulse and used gay dating apps to meet men.

There is something frustratingly predictable about this. It’s difficult to feel compassion for the man who has carried out the deadliest mass killing of LGBT people in the West since the Holocaust, and the worst mass shooting in US history. But it’s also easy to plot a straight line between the shooter, who was apparently so tortured by his sexuality that he turned to murder, and his father, who responded to the slaughter by saying, “God punishes those involved in homosexuality.” Nice work, dad.

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The Orlando attack is one of the most violent acts perpetrated against a gathered group of queer people in the West. Attitude presents a passionate analysis of the event, with guest writers from the Latin, Muslim, Christian, Black and Trans communities asking the question: What have we learned from Orlando? Elsewhere in this issue: Three years before Stonewall… there was the riot at Compton’s cafeteria in San Francisco. Attitude commemorates 50 years since the queer community fought back against an oppressive police force. 20 years of Girl Power. Spice Girl Emma Bunton recalls the highs and lows of life as part of the world’s most famous girl groups ever. Out gay Iraqi activist Amir Ashour on why he’ll never stop fighting for LGBT liberation in his homeland. Pop’s new sensation Shura on why she doesn’t want her music compartmentalized as a queer artist. Willam reveals why he has no love for RuPaul’s Drag Race.
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