Vigil For Orlando

Yesterday I was given the opportunity to speak at a vigil held in Provo Utah to honor the Orlando community. The following are the words that I prepared for the event.   Hi. My name is Kathy Carlston. Shortly after waking up yesterday morning, news reached me of...

Expressions of Solidarity from a Survivor's Perspective

The following are my current thoughts about the “We Are Orlando” campaign and similar campaigns. I wish that campaigns like this were expressed differently, like “We are with ______” “We stand with ______” or “We love and...

Standing with Each Other

Shortly after waking up today, news reached me of the horrific shooting in Orlando, Florida. This event hits hard for me on a personal level as I identify as a gender queer lesbian and I acutely know that my LGBT family across the world is absolutely reeling right...