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17 June 2016


Dr Susan Corso

Oh, Katz, I'm weeping with you. So brilliantly said, as usual. Thank you for naming it.

Mike Evans

Complete distress here for several days, but comfort in that so many people have mentioned it, and the outrage they feel. Now it's emerging that the perpetrator frequented the bar himself so one has to wonder about where the rage that caused him to act as he did came from and who put that in his head.

Meanwhile we have lost an active socialist MP who campaigned tirelessly for the rights of the desperate. Slaughtered in the street by someone who seemed to think that her ideas meant she deserved death.

I'm looking forward to doing the lesbian twostep with you very soon my friend. Admittedly, both our classifications as lesbians are somewhat compromised ;)

Sue Katz

Thanks dear Mike and Susan both for your responses. Mike - I'll be seeing you soon in London, thank heavens. Very upsetting about the lovely MP whose speeches I followed.


Well and truly said, Sue!


Excellent piece….Thank you, Sue


So true, Sue. I've signed every petition, shared conversations of anger and outrage with friends and neighbors... Sadness remains.

Gema Gray

Mea Culpa!
Until I read your piece, I failed to understand that the Orlando shooting might have been more upsetting to my LGBTQ friends than to others. The outrages and indignities you have lived through and shared here are humbling to me. All I can do is offer a public apology here and hope that you'll forgive my insensitivity.

I have been as upset by this tragedy as I was by the senseless shooting of singer Christina Grimmie in Orlando the night before; by the massacre of innocent children in Newtown, moviegoers in Phoenix, students at Virgina Tech and Columbine; by the execution of concertgoers and cartoonists in Paris; by the carnage caused by attacks in London and Madrid and New York and Iraq and Syria and Pakistan and the many, many places around the world where these outrages assail us.

All of these people killed and wounded...I feel these losses equally, regardless of who they were or why they died. To paraphrase British poet John Donne, "anyone's death diminishes me". Here's the full poem:

"No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend's
Or of thine own were:
Any man's death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee."
John Donne (1572-1631)


Very moving, at one with on you dear friend xxxxNicola

Sue Kelman

Katz...Such powerful and brave writing. I have nothing but admiration. I am here for coffee, a hug, to hear your rant, or do whatever, whenever you need me. That the goddesses for our ability to write!

Sue Kelman

Oops...that should have been "Thank the goddesses..."


Brilliant writing, as always Sue! Thank you for this piece.


Katz, just getting to read your work. Powerful, important message. I would love for you and Susan to be able to talk about these points at creating change.....I have spoken to Susan about her interest....I'll circle back when I get back to town mid July....in the meantime,, be well my friend.

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