I want to address the people who showed up to the Oly Pride festivities carrying semi-automatic rifles. Did you think before acting? If so, was your intention to intimidate or scare us? Did you give one thought to what happened in Charleston a mere three days earlier?
Do you understand that oppressed groups in our society are historically targets of hate crimes? Do you understand that when you show up with guns to an event celebrating one of these groups the people feel you are there to harm them?
This has nothing to do with you being discriminated against. As an example, how would you react if a bunch of drag queen showed up to one of your gun rallies? I doubt you’d be scared, but I feel certain they would not be welcomed. Think about it.