In the aftermath of the worst mass shooting in United States history, people were left dazed and angry and saddened by the almost incomprehensible act of violence. They took to social media to pour out their grief online. They gathered at enormous vigils to honor the dead and show solidarity in the face of violence. Thousands lined up at blood banks to donate to the victims. Equality Florida, a LGBT civil rights organization, decided to give people a similarly concrete way to help the victims and their families by starting up a Gofundme page and our country rose to the challenge.
In just 24 hours, Equality Florida raised over 2.1 million dollars, setting a new fundraising record for the site. And that was just yesterday. As of this writing, the fundraiser has passed $3 million, far surpassing the previous record of $2 million and it’s still growing.
According to CNN Money:
By Tuesday morning, more than 69,000 people had made contributions. That included a $100,000 donation from GoFundMe, which essentially waived its transaction fee.
“We are beyond moved by the support from all corners of the world and all walks of life,” Equality Florida wrote. “We do not know the total costs for the victims of this horrific hate crime, therefore are working to raise as much as possible and disperse the funds as fast as possible.”
Among the donations is $30,000 from Executive Pride a group dedicated to advancing “equal rights, opportunity, and awareness for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender members of the business community,” $25,000 from Cricket Wireless, $20,000 from singer and LGBT icon Jeffree Star and $20,000 from Phillip DeFranco, a popular Youtube star. Dozens of other celebrities and businesses have joined together with over 70,600 (as of 9:30 am EST) people to donate to those in need.
Clearly, no matter how hard people like Donald Trump and the religious right try to turn America into a country of hate, there are always going to be more of us that stand up for love. And that’s why we’ll always win in the end.
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