One year after the fatal shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, the Central Florida community came together on Monday to honor the victims through Orlando United Day.
Orange County, Florida, declared June 12, 2017 as Orlando United Day in honor of those affected by the attack.
The commemorative day, which should be celebrated with “acts of love and kindness,” is “dedicated to honoring the memory of the 49 innocent Pulse victims, supporting survivors and recognizing the compassion and love that was displayed by the Central Florida community following the tragedy.” Read more (6/12/17)
As we celebrate this year’s Pride month, do not forget to remember the tragic Pulse Night Club shooting. Remember that it was POC who were targeted. Remember this as we continue to fight. I’ll be either attending or hosting a local memorial this year, and I strongly recommend others do the same, if it’s possible.
By now, most of you have seen the photo that Misha posted on Twitter of himself and J2 holding a pride flag from PhoenixCon. The flag was from this photo op @bookkbaby and I did as tribute to the Orlando shooting on June 12th, 2016.
On the flag, are the names of all the victims whose lives were taken that night. This was the op we went there to do. The version Misha posted was his idea and he requested to do a second shot to take it.
In this photo, Booky is holding the trans flag, Misha is holding the asexual flag, Jared is holding the pansexual flag, and Jensen is holding the bisexual flag.
Excuse all the watermarks, but after seeing Misha’s version get photoshopped, cropped, edited, and reposted to suit people’s agendas, I wanted to take caution.
it’s been almost a year since the pulse nightclub shooting. a year since the largest mass shooting in American history. 49 people’s lives were lost. it’s been a year since their family has lost them. countries around the world lit up monuments in remembrance for these people. as the anniversary approaches tomorrow, please be safe. if you go to any pride events please be safe. dont forget that there are people who love you.
Rest in Power to the lives lost on that day. Don’t forget about them.
Earlier in June, Gustavo Bustamante addressed a crowd in front of Orlando’s City Hall. The crowd gathered in support of the Trust Act, an ordinance to ensure the city of Orlando does not collude with federal immigration forces.
Bustamante, who was an undocumented immigrant from Venezuela until gaining U.S. citizenship earlier in 2017, spoke about his own experience as an undocumented person living in the United States.
“The fight for LGBT equality is, in essence, the same as the fight for immigrant rights,” Bustamente said to those attending. “We are all human beings. Human beings deserve respect.”
As Bustamente spoke, he wore a shirt with the logo of the group QLatinx, an organization of queer Latinos in Orlando, Florida, that was formed in the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting, which disproportionately affected the city’s Latino population. Read more (6/12/17)
Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting. Today is a reminder that the LGBT+ community is not a quiet, passive community.
We are strong, we are powerful, and we are valid citizens of the Earth.
We protect each other as the patrons of the club tried to protect their people. Even though 49 of our brothers, sisters, and friends were killed, it doesn’t give anyone the right to say that we are weak.
We are strong
We are a powerful community
We are Orlando
But we are not forgotten
One year ago at this time, 2:02am ET, Omar Mateen entered the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL, and proceeded to murder 49 people and injure 53.
All autopsy reports showed that the victims were shot either from the side or from the front, at a close distance, multiple times. More than one-third were shot in the head. There were over 200 gunshot wounds in the 49 fallen. It wasn’t until Septemeber of last year that the last surviving victim was released from hospital.
The attack is the deadliest mass shooting by a single shooter in United States history; the deadliest incident of violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in the history of the United States - surpassing the 1973 UpStairs Lounge arson attack - and the deadliest terrorist attack in the United States since the September 11 attacks in 2001.
It bothers me, and most of the LGBTQ community I would imagine, that such hatred still exists toward us in 2016/2017. In a time of political drama everyday, media tet-e-tets, and social firestorms, it’s more crucial than ever to maneuver in love, and strength, and understanding. Be strong, but don’t be stupid. Be alert, but don’t be scared. It breaks my heart that so many of us are still facing abusive interactions from random people and family. Where in the hell does it end?
Let’s never forget, and celebrate the lives of, the fallen.