June 12th, 2017 marks one year since the largest mass shooting in the modern history of the United States. The massacre at Pulse nightclub, carried out by one gunman, killed 49 people and wounded 53 others at the popular LGBTQ club in Orlando, Florida. Today’s #DailyRevolution is to remember the people who lost their lives, and to advocate for our friends/family of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Survivor Patience Carter asks, “As we’re approaching this one year… what progress has been made?” In the wake of an administration where top-down hatred is the new norm, it may feel overwhelming to think about the fights still to come. Just gaining recognition that this attack was based on homophobia and not radical islamic terrorism has been an uphill battle. But like the survivors of this tragedy, we must carry on.
Survivor Ricardo Negron is doing just that. He responded to the massacre by creating a non-profit community center Proyecto Somos Orlando that “offers bilingual mental health counseling, conversational English classes and immigration assistance for free.” Check out the website here to support Negron’s project.
We must continue to push back against hatred that may rear its ugly head in our work places, places of worship, schools, and around our dinner tables. We must advocate for equal rights and fair treatment of our families, friends, coworkers, and strangers, to ensure their safety and ability to freely express their realities. But today, we focus on remembering those lost one year ago.
Visit the Orlando Sentinel's biography page (turn your audio on), the Dear Orlando portraits from DearWorld.org and check out the Orlando History Center’s digital memorial to learn more about the remembrance efforts underway.
And if you’re curious about actions taken against LGBTQIA+ people by 45, check out his first 100 days in office: from targeting transgender children in public schools, to erasing LGBTQIA information from federal research; this is not a person that will advocate for this community. Today we remember those lost, and as we celebrate Pride month throughout June, look out for more posts from us on how to take action to ensure our LGBTQIA+ family is supported.
How to Be an LGBT Ally - Human Rights Campaign
The Lives Lost in Orlando - Washington Post