One year ago today, 49 people were killed and 58 people who were wounded at the Pulse club in Orlando, Florida.
Today, I wanted to take a moment to share some information with you about what happened. This is a sad, sad day in the LGBTQ+ community and across America in general. In fact, the shooting was so traumatic for the people of Orlando in particular that Orlando has officially designated June 12th as “Orlando United Day – A Day of Love and Kindness.”
I’m just going to give a few key facts here. If you’d like to read more, you can go to the Wiki page and learn all about what happened.
- The shooting happened early in the morning on June 12th, 2016 at the Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
- This attack was deemed a terrorist attack/hate crime.
- The shooter was in a three-hour standoff with police after which he was shot and killed.
- This was the deadliest act of violence against the LGBTQ+ community in United States history.
- The shooting happened early in the morning on June 12th, right after the bar was making last calls for drinks.
- The youngest victim was just 21 years old, and the oldest victim was 50 years old.
I just wanted to commemorate this terrible event here since the LGBTQ+ community is so near and dear to my heart. I remember crying for the people who died and were wounded. This is truly a sad day in both the LGBTQ+ community and across America in general.
If you are going to post/share/tweet/whatever about this event, I beg you not to give fame to the shooter. I didn’t even mention his name here because I really don’t think it’s worth mentioning given that he is such a hateful person. Personally, I think we should follow Orlando’s example and make this a day of love and kindness. Go out and do something nice for someone today. Call your best friend. Be kind to yourself and to others.
Let’s stand together and show the world that, even though people will try, they will never take the love from our community.