Blunt, Lily G. “Love is Love: Poetry Anthology: In Aid of Orlando’s Pulse Victims and Survivors”, Illustrated by Jay Aheer, CreateSpace, 2016.
As beautiful as this book is, I wish we did not have to see it published and that those to whom it is dedicated were alive to read the poems in it. However, it did not happen that way. We will never forget June 12, 2016 when the most horrendous mass shooting in US history and an unfathomable act of hate was directed at the LGBT community in Orlando, Florida. The horror of this tragedy shook the world and millions were shocked and appalled at the senseless violence that destroyed so many innocent lives. The final count was 49 dead plus the murderer who does not deserved to be counted as one of the dead.
To show solidarity with the victims and survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting, a group of LGBTQ and straight allies, from all over the world, came together to produce a collection of poems in celebration of love and acceptance.
“Love is Love: Poetry Anthology” is a result of that coming together and is dedicated to the families and victims of the shooting and all proceeds of this work will be donated to Equality Florida’s Pulse Victims Fund. The authors, along with the readers who purchase this work, seek to contribute to the lives of those who still suffer from the consequences of evil that was directed toward them. The poets included, along with the rest of the world, offer some positivity and compassion in the face of such bigotry.
The contributing Authors are: AC Benus, Aditus, Andrew Jericho, Ann Anderson, Ash Marie, Asta Idonea, Betti Gefecht, Cam Kennedy, Cynus Eldranai, Darren White, dughlas, Eddy LeFey, Eden Winters, EmiGS Em, F.E. Feeley Jr., Gelybi , Headstall, Jack L. Pyke, Jana Denardo, Jason Frazier, Jay Rookwood, J.L. Merrow, Karina Rye, Kathy Griffith, Kay Ellis, Kaye P. Hallows, Kit Loffstadt, Laura B. Damone, Layla Dorine, Lily G. Blunt, L.J. Harris, L.M. Somerton, Louis Stevens, L.S.K Harris, L.V. Lloyd, Lynn Michaels, Maggie Chatterton, Maria Siopis, Monika De Giorgi, Parker Owens, Patricia Nelson, Pelaam, Petra Howard, Ravyn Bryce, Rick R. Reed, Ruski, Valik and Addy, S.J. Davis, Skylar M. Cates, Star Brady, Steve Baldry, Susan Crane, Tamara Miles, Tash Hatzipetrou, Tim Landon, Tracy Gee, Vicki Tubridy, Victoria Kinnaird, and Wendy Rathbone.