Survivor of the Pulse Nightclub massacre victim has condemned the attack and pleaded for LGBTQ people to be treated “with a basic level of decency and respect.”

Brandon Wolf, who was at the Orlando nightclub in June 2016 when a gunman killed 49 people, appeared on MSNBC’s “The ReidOut” to discuss Saturday’s mass shooting at Club Q, a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs. The shooting left five dead and 19 injured. It occurred amid Republican-driven legislation that continues to be hateful towards LGBTQ rights.

“I am angry because I am tired of asking, of begging, of screaming and scratching and clawing for people to just see us as human,” Wolf is the press secretary for Equality Florida. “See us as your family members, your neighbors, your friends, please. I am begging you to treat us with a basic level of decency and respect. I’m angry because we deserve to live. Those people deserved to live.”

Wolf also deplored right-wing politicians and media ― including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), and Texas Governor. Greg Abbott (R) ― for trafficking in harmful tropes and “vile, hateful rhetoric” Concerning LGBTQ people, creating an unsafe ecosystem in the country

“They’ve been accusing us of posing a threat to children simply because we exist on planet Earth,” Wolf added:

“And we warned them that inevitably this would result in violence but they just couldn’t help themselves. They couldn’t help themselves from crafting one more fundraising email or hitting send on one more grotesque tweet, they couldn’t help themselves.”

“And now five people went to a space that was supposed to be safe for them, a space like the one I knew well at Pulse nightclub, and they came out in body bags,” He said.

Conservatives repeatedly suggested queering, transgender, or defying gender norms was somehow acceptable. inherently sexualThey routinely voice outrage at attempts to teach children about the existence of the LGBTQ community. Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, for example, recently conflated taking a child to a drag show with child molestation.

Far-right politicians in the United States adopted anti-LGBTQ messaging to get voters excited and to fill their campaign coffers. Research by the Human Rights Campaign shows that midterm candidate are not LGBTIQ-friendly. spent at least $50 million Political ads that attack LGBTQ rights and transgender youth.