By Skyler Jackson, MS (Doctoral Student in Counseling Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park)
On June 12, 2016 rapid gunfire tore through Orlando’s Pulse gay nightclub in an act of violence that jarred the nation—and garnered global attention.
Many were shaken to the core by what we now understand to be the largest mass shooting by a single shooter—and the deadliest incident of violence targeting LGBTQ people—in U.S. history. The numbers alone are staggering: At the time of this blog post, 49 deaths have been confirmed and an additional 53 people were injured during the gunman’s attack at the gay club’s popular Latin night. The facts that have come to light since the event have added chilling detail to our understanding of this tragic event.
When single events of this magnitude occur, we react in a multitude of ways. Many found themselves engulfed in difficult feelings (e.g., panic, anger, grief, fear), and a subsection of these individuals are still emotionally overwhelmed. Others immediately gravitated towards information gathering, fervently consuming the facts of this event. Indeed, in the aftermath of the seemingly incomprehensible, we often find ourselves on a burning quest for clarity and understanding. Another group still was immediately primed for action—ready to reform existing legislation, eager to combat homophobia and toxic masculinity, determined to work to reduce violence and improve human relations. Some simply felt numb, lost, and paralyzed.
Behind these responses are unspoken questions: How could this happen? What can I do? How can I cope? Where do we go from here? No one perspective and no single resource can address each of these inquiries. Fortunately, in the time since the attack, a number of online resources, articles, and videos—some old, and many new—have circulated in relation to the event and its aftermath.
Below is a compilation of over 100 online resources related to the Orlando, FL tragedy. The list is categorized by theme or intended audience, and includes online articles, lesson plans, videos, mental health resources, open letters, tips for clinicians, petitions, hotlines, and more.
The online resources and articles included were selected with great leniency. With the exception of pieces that spread misinformation or prejudice, few articles were intentionally excluded from this curated list. Thus, the 100+ items included vary greatly in quality, tone, and perspective. That said, the list is not comprehensive. It may, however, serve as an organized starting point in our quest for self-reflection, community healing, and ultimately, social change in the aftermath of this devastating event.
NAVIGATING DISTRESS AND COPING
13 Soothing Books to Read When Everything Hurts (Intersectional Focus)
RESPONDING THROUGH GIVING, MOURNING, AND ACTION
Donate to the Orlando Youth Alliance (GLBTQ youth serving non-profit)
Tell Congress: Support Common Sense Measures to Reduce Gun Violence (APA Action Alert)
ENGAGING IN ALLYSHIP AND INTERCOMMUNITY SOLIDARITY
TOOLS FOR TEACHERS, PARENTS, & YOUTH WORKERS
The #Orlando Syllabus (College-level curriculum)
RESOURCES FOR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS
Vicarious Trauma (PDF)
UNDERSTANDING GUN VIOLENCE IN THE U.S. CONTEXT
Gun Violence: Prediction, Prevention, and Policy – APA Panel of Experts Report
PERSPECTIVES THAT CENTER LGBTQ LATINX & MUSLIM COMMUNITIES
DeQH – Desi LGBTQ Helpline for South Asians (Thursdays & Sundays, 8-10pm EST): 908-367-3374
GLBT National Hotline: 888-843-4564
GLBT National Youth Talkline (up to age 25): 800-246-7743
LGBTQ Violence Response Hotline (24 hours everyday): 202-888-7222
Muslim Youth Hotline (Monday-Friday, 6-9pm): 1-866-Naseeha
National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (24 hours everyday; English & Spanish): 212-714-1141
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – English (24 hours everyday): 800-273-8255
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Spanish (24 hours everyday): 888-628-9454
SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline (Interpretation service for over 150 languages): 800-985-5990
SAMSHA Disaster Distress Helpline (Hard of hearing and deaf community): 800-846-8517
SAMHSA Disaster Distress Text Support (English & Spanish): Text TalkWithUs or Hablanos to 66746
Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860 (USA); 877-330-6366 (Canada)
Trevor Lifeline (National 24-hour suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth): 866-488-7386
Skyler Jackson, MS, is a diversity consultant and psychologist in training, currently completing his doctoral studies in Counseling Psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park. As a scholar, Skyler’s research helps illuminate ways in which contemporary forms of social stigma (e.g., racism, sexism, homophobia) not only have economic, educational, moral, and political implications, but are also important matters of public health. As a diversity consultant, Skyler’s training and facilitation helps to spark personal and community transformation by empowering people to dialogue about issues of identity and difference. He currently resides in Washington DC.
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