A Pulse of Memory.
I was sitting down to start the paint work on the next Dune egg when the news came in from Orlando. A shooting in a nightclub. I went to bed before I heard much more about it but by the time I woke, 49 people were dead and I’d learned it was a gay nightclub that had been targeted.
I cried for an hour.
I then set about trying to find out if my dear friend Jordan had been killed, because he had just been in Orlando for Gay Days at Disney. (I spoke to him last night. He’s fine, just shaken up, like everyone else.)
It’s not my job to try and direct the conversation about what happened there. At the end of the day, it was not my community that was targeted. I don’t live in Florida, and I’m not gay, and I know all too well what happens when people think that “support” and “hijack” are synonymous(see: NYC 2001 for details.) But if you happen to be a member of the LGBT community and are reading this, please accept my condolences, and my deepest sympathy and love (even if I don’t know you.)
So I did what I knew how to do and made something instead. This egg, which btw looks amaaaaazing in person. It’s currently up for auction on ebay and ebay.co.uk, and all proceeds go to the Pulse Victims Fund set up by Equality Florida, other than shipping costs. The US listing is here:
(I’m not sure what the UK listing is, but I’ll have someone in England find it and link it here.)
I’d love it if you bid on it, but even if you don’t or can’t, boosting the signal on this is just as good. Please, please, please, use all your social media wizardry and get this thing SEEN. It’s a long auction (ten days) so there’s lots of time. Tell everyone. And then tell everyone else. Facebook (I don’t facebook at all so that’s helpful), twitter, snapchat, instagram, plurk… Whatever you use, please boost the signal for this thing. The more eyes that see it, the greater the potential pool of bidders.
Here’s the egg from the usual angles.:
I’ll get back to the Dune egg now, but thanks so much everyone for making sure this one gets seen. And hug your loved ones, okay?