June 11th 2016 was one of the best nights of my life. It also was one of the worst.
That night I won my 1st, and only, WSOP bracelet, by winning what was then the largest non-holdem live field ever. The $565 PLO, with the winning hand of: Ah7hQs6s
Not long after I won the flip to win, the worst mass shooting in US history occurred at a gay night club in Orlando. (Now 2nd worst, with the worst being in Las Vegas, while I was at a different concert a mile away.)
To the gay community, a gay bar isn't just a "bar". It is a sanctuary from a hateful and judgemental society. It is a space where you can express who you are, and who you love with the peace and security of knowing that you are around family. They are often the only community centers for many LGBTQIAA+ people, especially those living in the type of place I grew up in. I am lucky to even live in a country where gay bars can exist, as in many countries it is illegal for them, or me, to exist.
So, when I woke up the next day...