As editor of Orlando’s LGBT newspaper “Watermark,” Billy Manes always encouraged gay people to “disengage” from the thought that they could be victimized for their sexuality.
But after a shooting at an Orlando gay club early Sunday morning left 50 people dead — and news that the gunman was outraged over seeing two men kiss — Manes told NBC News in an emotional interview that he wasn’t sure he’d done the right thing.
“When I see 50 people shot in cold blood two blocks from my house, it changes my mind a little bit,” he said, adding that while he didn’t know why 29-year-old Omar Mateen chose the Pulse nightclub as a target, the shooting seemed to him like a hate crime.
“We need to understand: this was a gay bar where 50 people were killed,” Manes said.
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