In the hours after Omar Mateen stormed a gay nightclub in Florida, killing 49 people and wounding another 53 victims, the public searched desperately for answers about his motivation.

When law enforcement reported that Mateen, a 29-year-old U.S. citizen, swore allegiance to the self-proclaimed Islamic State, some rushed to characterize his deadly rampage as an act of terrorism with no meaning or moral but to inflict suffering on Americans.

Those who advocate on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, however, saw another sinister motive at work: hatred of people whose sexual orientation or gender identity defies some religious and cultural norms. Read more…

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