June 12th: Pulse Nightclub

Tonight, we’re not talking about specifically one person. This is another serious post. I usually keep these light-hearted and give you some good news but today is a tragic anniversary. Tonight, we remember the 49 lives lost 4 years ago today.

On June 12th, 2016, it was Latin Night at the Pulse Nightclub -a club for LGBT people in Orlando, Florida. That night, at 2:02AM, a 29-year-old man entered the club and opened fire, killing 49 people and wounding 53 others. The mass shooting was a terrorist attack and a targeted attack against the LGBT+ community.

I’m not delving into the nitty-gritty detail about this tragic event. It’s horrifying, it’s my worst nightmare. I’ve seen the clips, heard the voicemails and they’re absolutely chilling. 

Most of those killed were Hispanic, as it was Latin Night. The following is an alphabetized list of all those killed that night. Remember their names and their lives:

  • Stanley Almodovar III, 23
  • Amanda Alvear, 25
  • Oscar A. Aracena-Montero, 26
  • Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33
  • Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21
  • Martin Benitez Torres, 33
  • Antonio D. Brown, 30
  • Darryl R. Burt II, 29
  • Jonathan A. Camuy Vega, 24
  • Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28
  • Simon A. Carrillo Fernandez, 31
  • Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25
  • Luis D. Conde, 39
  • Cory J. Connell, 21
  • Tevin E. Crosby, 25
  • Franky J. Dejesus Velazquez, 50
  • Deonka D. Drayton, 32
  • Mercedez M. Flores, 26
  • Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22
  • Juan R. Guerrero, 22
  • Paul T. Henry, 41
  • Frank Hernandez, 27
  • Miguel A. Honorato, 30
  • Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40
  • Jason B. Josaphat, 19
  • Eddie J. Justice, 30
  • Anthony L. Laureano Disla, 25
  • Christopher A. Leinonen, 32
  • Brenda L. Marquez McCool, 49
  • Jean C. Mendez Perez, 35
  • Akyra Monet Murray, 18
  • Kimberly Morris, 37
  • Jean C. Nieves Rodriguez, 27
  • Luis O. Ocasio-Capo, 20
  • Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25
  • Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36
  • Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32
  • Enrique L. Rios Jr., 25
  • Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37
  • Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24
  • Christopher J. Sanfeliz, 24
  • Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35
  • Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25
  • Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34
  • Shane E. Tomlinson, 33
  • Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25
  • Luis S. Vielma, 22
  • Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37
  • Jerald A. Wright, 31

pulse victims

This is another event that I remember vividly. I remember constantly just refreshing Twitter and crying. My best friend had just got a car so she was cleaning it and I was in the front seat, refreshing, sharing any news I could find. I remember being terrified for the future at 16-years-old.

In the time since we have not seen a change to gun laws. Both of the weapons used were semi-automatic and the photos of what shots had done to the side of the building is disturbing. No one in civilian America needs a fucking semi-automatic gun like that. We’ve seen countless mass shootings involving semi-automatic weapons and still no. fucking. change. 

Now, on the four year Anniversary, the idiot in charge of this country has announced the anti-discrimination against LGBT+ people when it comes to healthcare will be erased. This erasure heavily affects transgender people.

This was announced today. On the fourth anniversary of Pulse. During Pride Month. In a Pandemic. 

Hey Trump, fuck you. People are mourning, people are terrified. This isn’t a coincidence. Vote this asshole out in November. He’s a homophobic, transphobic, racist piece of garbage who needs to get the fuck out. Today was a day of mourning, of remember in our community and he spit in our faces while we cried. Fuck him.

And if you’re a kid, terrified and watching all of this unfold, terrified about the future like I was at 16, I see you and I promise you that as an adult who can vote and who can protest and sign petitions, I’ll do what I can to help keep you and your rights safe.

Rest in Peace to the 49 people killed that night.

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