To say it has been a tough week is a gross understatement. Since the massacre took place in a gay nightclub in Orlando early Sunday morning, it has been all hands on deck at The OutCenter. To recap, our fearless leader and executive director, Mary Jo Schnell, was helping a community in Traverse City organize opening their own LGBT center. She made us all proud. She kept in touch with LGBT centers across the state and beyond and kept us all posted via FaceBook. OutCenter board members stepped in and organized a vigil for Sunday night that featured speakers Todd Dockerty, OutCenter board chair and the Reverend Eric Stricklin, UCC pastor. Forty-nine candles were lit in honor of each life lost and those who attended felt comfort and resolve to turn our outrage into action. The political rhetoric of those who vote against gay rights and against automatic gun control continues to infuriate us and their condolences ring hollow. We are buoyed by the bravery of Senators who filibustered through the night until a vote on gun control was agreed to. And we are grateful to a true Prince for putting his support behind the LGBT community.