After spending the weekend at #OrlandoPride, I just want to say that I'm so grateful for the strength, support, kindness, and LOVE of our community. Love with all your heart. Love fiercely and openly. Our community - and our world - needs all the love we can get. There is so much trying to divide us, to split us apart, right now. As I walked around Orlando, I saw hope. As a community, we have been through so much, but we will always keep marching forward until we achieve full equality. Please hug someone you love today. Please be kind to people. I genuinely believe that love conquers hate, and always will. Love you. . I visited Pulse this afternoon and spent a lot of time reflecting on my experiences in Orlando - both this weekend and when I visited right after the horrific violence at Pulse. In the wake of an unthinkable tragedy, I witnessed some of the most beautiful acts of solidarity, kindness, and love. . The rainbow tributes and memorials throughout the city. You couldn't walk a block without seeing a rainbow or #OrlandoStrong message. . The drag queens who performed "Born this Way" at a packed LGBTQ club to raise money for the staff of Pulse. When they sang, "I’m on the right track, baby, I was born to survive,” the room erupted in applause and cheers. . The people who waited several hours in sweltering 100+ degree heat to donate blood. . The volunteers who stood in lines outside the LGBTQ Center, ready to help, because the Center was so packed with volunteers that it was difficult to fit inside. . The random strangers who came up and hugged me every time I had tears in my eyes. . The families that opened up their homes to cook meals and provide comfort for those impacted by the attack and the first responders. . Experiencing strength and unity in the aftermath of evil is what gives me hope for humanity. Regardless of their backgrounds and personal beliefs/politics, people came together to support those in need. If only the world could follow Orlando's example. . After such a traumatic and scary year, the people of Orlando still found the light to celebrate, laugh, smile, and have fun this weekend. That gives me hope.
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@orlandointernationalfashion thank you for welcoming me so warmly and using your light to help the survivors and families of @pulseorlando . The work you do is giving brilliant local designers a platform to showcase their designs and simultaneously inspiring many young future designers and that should be commended! We had a wonderful time!