"When you are a queer individual, as I am, and you want to go someplace where you feel safe, you go to the local bar. You go to the gay bar. You go there, and you're with your friends, and you dance until all hours of the morning. It's where we have community. It's where we have our culture. It's where we feel safe."
But in the wake of the horrific massacre, the 58-year-old says the community has lost its safe spaces:
"That was stolen from every LGBT person in the world on Sunday morning. That was taken from us, our sense of safety."
It's so heartbreaking.
The Illinois native went on to say the only thing that makes is "better" — for lack of a more fitting word — is that now so many people "see us as human beings."