On June 12th, 2016, our community was rocked by the massacre that claimed the lives of 49 people. The horror unfolded in the middle of Pride month on Latin night at Pulse Nightclub, a popular gathering place for young LGBTQ+ people of color.
Shock and disbelief turned to grief and anger. And at a moment when some sought to meet fear with fear and hate with hate, we saw a community pull together across difference and unite in a commitment to challenge bigotry and hatred, not nourish it. A deep resilience emerged from survivors, the victims’ loved ones, Orlando residents and leaders, and LGBTQ+ people and our allies across the country and around the world. People held vigils and fundraisers, including San Antonio, to directly aid the families of those killed and the survivors and committed to combating hatred of all kinds.
The Orlando community was buoyed by the outpouring of generosity, as cities, towns, churches, and families stood with them in their grief.
As the two-year mark of Pulse approaches, Orlando’s LGBTQ+ community invites you to join them once again to #HonorThemWithAction.
We’re asking you, both individuals and organizations, to use #HonorThemWithAction to commemorate the Pulse massacre. To read more about the #HonorThemWithAction campaign, click here.