Orlando killer’s motivation remains unclear
IT was still too early to determine the real motivation of the gunman who killed 50 people and injured 53 according to a Sunshine Coast man who has been awarded an OAM for his services to the gay community.
Brian Day said it was apparent the slaughter had motivated support for the gay community which was something positive to hold onto from the tragedy.
He said it was essential survivors received the right level of support needed to deal with the psychological effects.
"They need to be looked after properly and there not just be lip service,'' Mr Day said.
"I'm still not sure what it's about. It will reverberate through the gay community."
He said there had been over his lifetime significant change in attitudes towards sexuality in Australia.
"There is no way I would have got this award (the Order of Australia Medal) 30 years ago,'' Mr Day said.
He said it was only in 1990 that homosexuality was decriminalised in Queensland.
But while media had generally improved, allowing gays to speak for themselves and being shown in a more favourable light, the kick back against things like the Safe Schools program indicated Australia still had a way to go.
He said the program was essentially a bullying prevention exercise that allowed gay kids to talk with each other.
Mr Day said research in 2015 had showed high school students were the most homophobic group by age.
Mass murderer Omar Saddiqui Mateen, 29, was described by his former wife as violent and mentally unbalanced.
Despite that, and being interviewed by the FBI on two occasions in 2013 and 2014 he continued to retain the job he'd held since 2007 with G4S Security - one of the world's largest security providers.
It remains unclear whether the weapons used came from his employer which holds contracts