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Pulse Massacre 8th Anniversary Remembrance

Eight years ago, LGBTQ people gathered with their friends at Pulse nightclub, a place of community, love, and equality in Orlando.  Hours later, our nation woke up to the news of the worst massacre of Americans at that time in history.  It was an act of hate and gun violence executed on LGBTQ+ people in a “safe place” filled with music, dancing, and joy..

Today we remember the worst hate crime ever inflicted on our Community.  We feel the rage of homophobia that targeted the innocent patrons at Pulse and the grief of having lost 49 of us in its wake.  Often forgotten or overlooked is that almost all the victims were Latin and people of color.  We honor and remember all the victims of that hate who will not be with us as we celebrate Pride.


 

But as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”  We need to honor them with action and fight back but not get consumed by the darkness.  We must out love hate.

If “Love is Love,” then “Hate is Hate.”  We must all stand together, step forward, and be anti-homophobic, anti-transphobic, anti-racist, and anti-hate.  #HonorThemWithAction

 

 

Read our previous Pride Month 2024 posts:

“Proud Out Loud! – PRIDE 2024”
“Gilbert Baker’s Gift of Pride — The Rainbow Flag” 
“Make Your Voice Heard and Vote with Pride”
“Music of Pride – The Classics” 
“Amber Riley visits “MacArthur Park” for Pride: VIDEO”

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