For Immediate Release
June 15, 2016
Contact: Robert Salcido, Chairman
Pride Center San Antonio
Vigil to Honor Lives of Orlando Shooting Victims
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – On Thursday, June 16, Mayor Ivy Taylor will join members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and ally community, for a candlelight vigil at Crockett Park to honor the lives of our forty-nine brothers and sisters fatally shot in Orlando, Florida.
In an effort to build bridges and have a broader discussion about violence against people of color and other marginalized communities, the Muslim Children Education and Civic Center, Temple Beth-El, along with other interfaith leaders and social justice organizations will gather in solidarity. Local LGBTQ authors and poets will recite words of compassion, inclusion, and unity.
Community members are encouraged to attend to show support and compassion for the victims, their families, and all those affected by this senseless act of violence. Grief counselors will be available onsite.
Attendees should prepare for warm weather; limited supply of water will be available. Lawn chairs encouraged for those who do not wish to stand for long periods of a time.
WHO: Pride Center San Antonio
WHAT: Vigil to Honor Lives of Orlando Shooting Victims
WHERE: Crockett Park 1300 N. Main St. San Antonio, TX 78212
WHEN: Thursday, June 16, 2016 7:00 p.m.
Robert Salcido, Board Chair, Pride Center San Antonio
Mayor Ivy Taylor, City of San Antonio
Muslim Children Education & Civic Center
Elizabeth Rodriguez, Poet/Author
Councilman Roberto Trevino, City of San Antonio
Joe Reyes-Boitel, Poet/Author
Rabbi Mara Nathan, Temple Beth-El
Polly Anna Rocha, Poet/Author
Mehmet Oguz, Raindrop Turkish House
Deborah Myers & Nikki Valdez, Dignity San Antonio
Kiran Bains, City of San Antonio, Office of Diversity & Inclusion
Foxxy Blue Orchid, Poet/Author
Angeles Valenciano, CEO, National Diversity Council
MCC San Antonio – Metropolitan Community Church
Music by: Miguel Ochoa & Michelle Burnett
Pride Center San Antonio serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV communities by connecting them and their families to community resources and organizations related to health, wellness, support, education, activities, and advocacy.