One Year After the Orlando Nightclub Shooting, Solidarity Continues Its Struggle Against the Forces of Division

On the morning of June 12, 2016, I awoke to the horrifying, devastating news that there had been a mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The scope of the tragedy was not yet clear at that point, but I already had feelings of dreadful sadness wash over me. I remember sobbing as I told my own partner what had happened at Pulse.

Forty-nine lives, overwhelmingly young and Latinx, were lost in the attack — the deadliest against the LGBTQ community in U.S. history.

As has so often been the case in the history of our country, tragedies like this show us the very worst of humanity, but they also bring out the best. The outpouring of compassion in the hours, days, and weeks following this attack infused a degree of hope into the most hopeless of situations. Within hours of the incident, attacks on Muslim, Arab, Middle Eastern, and South Asian communities began from anti-Muslim rhetoric to incidents of harassment and violence.

But the LGBTQ community would not let their tragedy beget more tragedy. In the midst of their own trauma and mourning, the LGBTQ community made clear that they would not stand silent while Muslims were attacked. And standing side-by-side with the LGBTQ community were Muslim communities, holding fundraisers for the victims and their families, donating blood, and offering statements of unity and solidarity. For many, this was the first show of support between these communities, while for others, including LGBTQ Muslims, it was much-needed love and solidarity in a moment of heartbreak.

Those who perpetuate attacks of violent hate do so with the goal of sowing division and turning us against each other. Time and time again, we see them fail. As President Barack Obama reminded the nation just hours after the attack:

So this is a sobering reminder that attacks on any American — regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation — is an attack on all of us and on the fundamental values of equality and dignity that define us as a country. And no act of hate or terror will ever change who we are or the values that make us Americans.

Over the past year, we have seen, sadly, still more violence perpetuated against individuals because of who they are, whom they love, or how they worship. In each case, we have seen communities come together and stand in solidarity to make clear that hateful violence does not represent us. We are better than that. We have each other’s backs and will not be divided.

On this one-year anniversary of the tragedy at Pulse, that is the lesson that we should all seek to emulate.

The 49 people whose lives were lost in the attack at Pulse are:

  • Edward Sotomayor Jr. (34 years old)
  • Stanley Almodovar III (23 years old)
  • Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo (20 years old)
  • Juan Ramon Guerrero (22 years old)
  • Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera (36 years old)
  • Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz (22 years old)
  • Luis S. Vielma (22 years old)
  • Kimberly Morris (37 years old)
  • Eddie Jamoldroy Justice (30 years old)
  • Darryl Roman Burt II (29 years old)
  • Deonka Deidra Drayton (32 years old)
  • Alejandro Barrios Martinez (21 years old)
  • Anthony Luis Laureanodisla (25 years old)
  • Jean Carlos Mendez Perez (35 years old)
  • Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez (50 years old)
  • Amanda Alvear (25 years old)
  • Martin Benitez Torres (33 years old)
  • Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon (37 years old)
  • Mercedez Marisol Flores (26 years old)
  • Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado (35 years old)
  • Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez (25 years old)
  • Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez (31 years old)
  • Oscar A. Aracena-Montero (26 years old)
  • Enrique L. Rios Jr. (25 years old)
  • Miguel Angel Honorato (30 years old)
  • Javier Jorge-Reyes (40 years old)
  • Joel Rayon Paniagua (32 years old)
  • Jason Benjamin Josaphat (19 years old)
  • Cory James Connell (21 years old)
  • Luis Daniel Conde (39 years old)
  • Shane Evan Tomlinson (33 years old)
  • Juan Chevez-Martinez (25 years old)
  • Jerald Arthur Wright (31 years old)
  • Leroy Valentin Fernandez (25years old)
  • Tevin Eugene Crosby (25 years old)
  • Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega (24 years old)
  • Jean C. Nives Rodriguez(27 years old)
  • Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala (33 years old)
  • Brenda Lee Marquez McCool (49 years old)
  • Yilmary Rodriguez Sulivan (24 years old)
  • Christopher Andrew Leinonen (32 years old)
  • Angel L. Candelario-Padro (28 years old)
  • Frank Hernandez (27 years old)
  • Paul Terrell Henry (41 years old)
  • Antonio Davon Brown (29 years old)
  • Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz (24 years old)
  • Akyra Monet Murray (18 years old)
  • Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez (25 years old)
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Eli Samuel Goldman

It's my belief that the methology employed by the show to coerce people into violating my rights and set up criminalizing, civil rights violating and otherwise unlawful actual circumstances and scenarios is rooted in a story I told about a man I met in Ukiah California in the mid1980s at a Novelty shop on State Street called Between the Worlds. The shop along with a McIntosh based copy shop was owned by a man with the last name King, and run by a group of hippies who were Wiccan, most notably Otter and Morning-glory Zell. A man paid me as a summer odd-job to make copies of a book about "thumaturgy" written by a Brown University graduate. He explained when asked that thaumaturgy or "magic" (according to the book) is (as he called it) "coincidence control." He said, basically, "the more events you can arrange to happen that will lead to a likely outcome, the more likely the outcome will happen." He explained that this is the wiccan belief of how "magic" occurs. I said this to many people throughout the course of my life to various people since I found it an interesting and plausible explanation/topic. ---In the hypothetical conversation/contract many absolutely ridiculous things were brought up, like being Donald J. Trump's long lost illigitimate son, or him being president of the United States, or the entire world marketing/inventions/stories/songs/fashion/et-c being based on my ideas, life, words and expressions, experiences, stories, musical tastes, et-c. (It seemed as ridiculous as someone telling me they can arrange for space-alien life forms to land on the roof of my home and present me with a solid gold statue of Abraham Lincoln that would come to life every time I sneeze.)--Never the less, after this conversation I didn't even really believe was anything more than a strange dream, bizarre and often tragic things stated occurring in my life with increasing regularity. Most of the most tragic of those things mirrored past worst-life-experiences of mine, fears spoken aloud, or had an unreasonably high number of elements from past tragic life-experiences to be coincidental. I now know they even Incorporated statements I've made (like I felt every past birthday of mine was almost "cursed" because something horrible always seem to happen on my birthday) to add excitement to the show I didn't know I was on by arranging for horrific events to happen in real life and seem coincidence. They even covered over such crimes by making it seem like a family curse by making bad events happen to my son (e.g. the policeman pulling a gun on my child after pulling him over for not using his turn signal, terrifying him exacerbating his Crohns Disease, then unconstitutionally searching his car on his birthday...) Or my fear of what was going on with my dad based on his words when he went overseas to Davao City and his return, and my subsequent fear he was dying in the hospital. They made my fears come true in real life one after another, many of which were based on past life-experiences, even including my parents actual deaths. I once told of the story that my mother told me that her parents died within 4 months of each other, and she believed one didn't want to live without the other. Though I thought my mother (based on a phone call I got) had died in the mid 2000s somewhere, I found out while searching the internet for information about her in Claremore that she actually died (I still don't know how or where) in very close chronological time-frame to my father. Monica Jo Moore announced as if speaking to an audience one night at the end of my time in our apartment in Claremore (when I initially started figuring out I was on a show somehow) that "his mother waited for him" (me) to contact her (it was implied, further implying I didn't care about my mother whom I didn't even know was alive). I now realize they KNEW my mother was alive when I was in Vegas and not only never told me I was on a show,but deprived me of the opportunity to contact her, the her I love her et-c, and (based on numerous attempts to arrange my *accidental* death, likely killed her). I also belief this likely since I have reason to believe they wanted it to seem I was Donald Trump's illegitimate son, and my parents testimony if alive wod have instantly discredited that and corroborated much of my life-stories and background. ...So yes, I want those involved in prison!!!!! I want justice!!!!!!!!!!!!

Eli Samuel Goldman

I'll post more details as soon as I'm able (when I can get on wifi again) assuming the don't CREATE a reason to arrest me, arrange for my *accidental* death, or otherwise impede me and obstruct justice. ...Also, I'll tell more about what i remember of the converaation that was what im assuming they considered a contract ( though unlawful and unenforceable) that I call the "hypothetical contract" they violated all my constitutional and other rights over, tried to have me discredited over, killed over, arranged to have me loose everything I ever cared about over....my perspective on Trump's involvement, and how they stole Billions and Billions and Billions of dollars of my intellectual property, as well as actual real property. ....And NO, this is NOT a hoax.

Anonymous

You can also see how ABC news closed their comments here
http://abcnews.go.com/2020/story?id=277685&page=1 They deleted my posts, banned me and put this. Comments for this thread are now closed. They deleted my comment when I put these below.

Here's my comment to Tom 5 hours ago Removed

Since Book of Matt was released in 2013, others have verified main things of Stephen Jimenez's book-that AJ McKinney & Methew W. Shepard were acquaintances & the fact Methew W. Shepard assoc. with drug dealers in Wyoming & Colorado.

I don't know why the murder happened (I don't care) & I don't know if Methew W. Shepard was a drug dealer which is why I say possible drug dealer-Methew W. Shepard could also have been a courier or lookout. Methew W. Shepard was a child molester because he had been a victim of homosexual child molestation & repeated the molestation as a 15 year old boy when he molested 8 year old boys. Stephen Jimenez possibly read Methew W. Shepard's subpoenaed psychological/medical records, where Methew W. Shepard talks about why he molested the 8 year old boys by copying the conduct he learned from being molested as a boy. I wouldn't be shocked if Methew W. Shepard molested more children than the 2 which were reported.

after Methew W. Shepard's murder, most people who knew ugly facts about him were shy as they don't want to sound rude by talking poorly of dead-families of the 8 year old boys who Methew W. Shepard molested were shy because they likely guessed the same thing. In few cases where people tried to tell ugly facts about Methew W. Shepard, the journalists ignored them or they were condemned for talking bad about the dead. Witnesses who spoke to Stephen Jimenez likely thought that because Stephen Jimenez is a gay journalist, that they can tell ugly facts about Methew W. Shepard w/o being condemned.
Judy & Dennis W. Shepard push 'queero worship' of Methew W. Shepard for years. They have gone to schools to speak being invited by teachers & kids have posed for pictures with Dennis & Judy Shepard. Many of the pro-gay teachers won't tolerate students giving facts which offend them & if a student were to say to Dennis & Judy Shepard that Methew W. Shepard's a child molester, drug junky & possible drug dealer, they could get punished by teacher.

The teachers support free speech right for students to pose for pictures with Dennis & Judy Shepard-the parents of a dead child molester, drug junky & possible drug dealer but they oppose free speech right for students to say ugly facts. There have been cases over students getting punished by teachers for giving views against homosexuality which offended the pro-gay teachers.

Dennis & Judy Shepard hope that people who agree with them reinforce them while those who differ be shy or if they speak censor them. If Dennis & Judy Shepard are invited to speak @ a school, then kids should have a right to tell ugly facts about Methew W. Shepard though Dennis & Judy hate it.
Dennis & Judy L. Shepard have been arrogantly dishonest about who Methew W. Shepard was by trying to censor Stephen Jimenez. I have been humble not haughty, in that I don't believe in censoring Laramie Project & I don't believe in censoring Dennis & Judy L. Shepard's free speech right. I will use my free speech right to tell ugly facts about Methew W. Shepard which usu. gets omitted.

Another comment I put which was deleted is here where
I write to Mary Ann Shiech 5 hours ago Removed

Did you know about the 2 neighborhood 8 year old boys who Metthew Wayne Shepard molested when he was 15 years old & got counseling for? Natrona County Juvenile Court gave Methew Wayne Shepard counseling for molesting 2 boys when he was 15 years old, but if the Wyoming legal system had given Methew Wayne Shepard years in prison rather than counseling by Natrona County Juvenile Court for molesting 8 year old boys when he was 15 years old, then Methew Wayne Shepard would have avoided being murdered in 1998.

Here's another comment to Tom 5 hours ago Removed

Calling them twice to tell the truth is not harassment. Harassment is repeatedly contacting a person after they have asked you to stop contacting them. Since this happened twice, it was not harassment, so it’s legal. Shepards are famous. If the Shepard’s don’t want people calling them to tell ugly truths of Methew W. Shepard being a drug junky and a child molester, then they should get an unlisted # because that is what comes with being famous.

Dennis & Judy L. Shepard have no complaint when people like me call them to say that their son was a child molester & drug junky. Dennis & Judy get rich & most media shills for them. Celebrities Ellen, Rosie T. O'Donnell (Roseann Teresa O'Donnel), etc. give money to them & make them rich. If once in a while people like me call their house to tell them ugly truths about their son, then don't complain. They can get an unlisted # if they don't want people calling them @ home to tell them Methew W. Shepard's a drug junky & a child molester. & it is possible Methew W. Shepard molested more boys than the 2 cases he got counseling for because most molestations are unreported.

Anonymous

People are offended by me saying that possibly 1 or more of the Orlando victims were pedophiles & or drug dealers. In gay/lesbian pubs-drugs like Meth, Extasy are sold as drug junkyism high among them. With pedophilia, many gays were molested as children which ruined their sexuality & some even turn out to be pedophiles. I wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out 1 or more of the Orlando victims were pedophiles & or drug dealers. Mass murder is wrong but that doesn’t mean worship the victims. Gay/lesbian groups worship gay pedophile Harvey B. Milk. Now I support free speech right for homosexuals to martyr or worship Harvey B. Milk & I support their free speech right to have rainbow flag.

But gay/lesbian groups have pushed Harvey B. Milk day on others such as Harvey.B. Milk day in schools where school kids worship a gay pedophile & that is wrong. Gay/lesbian groups also try to censor others who tell ugly truths on who Harvey B. Milk & other gay pedophiles were. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the Orlando victims thought it’s OK to push H.B. Milk day in schools & I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the Orlando victims were apologists for gay/lesbian pedophilia. While most gays & lesbians are not pedophiles, gays & lesbians are more likely to support pedophilia when it’s gay/lesbian as gay groups or their friends such as Shepard Foundation’s JC Marsden, Judy L. Shepard, Big Island Chronicle Tiffany Camille Edwards Hunt, etc. support gay pedophile Methew Wayne Shepard. It’s no surprise that Shepard Foundation’s JC Marsden & Judy L. Shepard also supports gay pedophile H.B. Milk incl. pushing Harvey B. Milk day on schoolkids. No, not all gays & lesbians support pedophilia but honestly, gays & lesbians are more likely to tolerate pedophilia when it’s gay/lesbian. Big Island Chronicle Tiffany Camille Hunt abuses her 2 children so Big Island Chronicle Tiffany Camille Hunt thinks child abuse is OK.

Anonymous

I wouldn’t be surprised if 1 or more of the victims were possibly drug dealers & or gay pedophiles While it’s irrelevant to fact mass murder is wrong, it’s relevant to idea of worshiping the victims, as just because some1 is a murder victim doesn’t change ugly facts of who they were before they were killed. Murder is wrong but that doesn’t mean worship murder victim. We should only say murder is wrong. As it’s a gay/lesbian pub, wouldn’t surprise me if drugs were sold & some victims were pedophiles since gays & lesbians (esp. gays) were often pedophile victims & pedophile victims often turn out to be gay pedophiles in adulthood.

many gays were victims of pedophiles as 1 or more of the Orlando victims could have been as kids & pedophile victims sometimes turn out gay/lesbian as a result of childhood sex abuse including turn out to be gay/lesbian pedophiles. Gays & lesbians have higher drug junkyism rates because of childhood sex abuse. If it’s true that some of the victims were gay pedophiles & or drug dealers, then they’re not poor people. The poor people are the victims of gay pedophiles.

Anonymous

Another comment which I copy/paste or copy&paste where I got banned from 20/20 after I made ugly facts about Methew Wayne Shepard.
Discussion on ABC News 30 comments
New Details Emerge in Matthew Shepard Murder
to Tom 18 hours ago Removed

I don't know why the murder happened (I don't care) & I don't know if Methew W. Shepard was a drug dealer which is why I say possible drug dealer-Methew W. Shepard could also have been a courier or lookout. Methew W. Shepard was a child molester because he had been a victim of homosexual child molestation & repeated the molestation as a 15 year old boy when he molested 8 year old boys.

Stephen Jimenez possibly read Methew W. Shepard's subpoenaed psychological/medical records, where Methew W. Shepard talks about why he molested the 8 year old boys by copying the conduct he learned from being molested as a boy. I wouldn't be shocked if Methew W. Shepard molested more children than the 2 which were reported.

after Methew W. Shepard's murder, most people who knew ugly facts about him were shy as they don't want to sound rude by talking poorly of dead-families of the 8 year old boys who Methew W. Shepard molested were shy because they likely guessed the same thing. In few cases where people tried to tell ugly facts about Methew W. Shepard, the journalists ignored them or they were condemned for talking bad about the dead. Witnesses who spoke to Stephen Jimenez likely thought that because Stephen Jimenez is a gay journalist, that they can tell ugly facts about Methew W. Shepard w/o being condemned.
Judy & Dennis W. Shepard have gone to schools to speak being invited by teachers & kids have posed for pictures with Dennis & Judy Shepard. Many of the pro-gay teachers won't tolerate students giving facts which offend them & if a student were to say to Dennis & Judy Shepard that Methew W. Shepard's a child molester, drug junky & possible drug dealer, they could get punished by teacher.

The teachers support free speech right for students to pose for pictures with Dennis & Judy Shepard-the parents of a dead child molester, drug junky & possible drug dealer but they oppose free speech right for students to say ugly facts. There have been cases over students getting punished by teachers for giving views against homosexuality which offended the pro-gay teachers.

Dennis & Judy Shepard hope that people who agree with them reinforce them while those who differ be shy or if they speak censor them. If Dennis & Judy Shepard are invited to speak @ a school, then kids should have a right to tell ugly facts about Methew W. Shepard though Dennis & Judy hate it.
Dennis & Judy L. Shepard have been arrogantly dishonest about who Methew W. Shepard was by trying to censor Stephen Jimenez. I have been humble not haughty, in that I don't believe in censoring Laramie Project & I don't believe in censoring Dennis & Judy L. Shepard's free speech right. I will use my free speech right to tell ugly facts about Methew W. Shepard which usu. gets omitted.

Anonymous

This website only posts part of what I wrote here

https://gaybullyingitisreal.wordpress.com/2016/06/14/classmate-confirms-that-orlando-gunman-was-homosexual/

Clairethinker does not know who Omar S. Mateen was before this but regardless, she only posted part of what I wrote so here is the whole thing, with only part posted by her. She only posted 1st paragraph but deleted rest.

People like Omar S. Mateen are dangerous & unpredictable. I don’t want mass murders & Omar S. Mateen should have been in prison. I don’t think people should be allowed to own military weapons & I believe that if you want to own a gun, you should go through same reqt. as owning a car such as background checks, licensing, gun training & insurance. But again, I don’t martyr or worship people’s lives because they were murdered. If a drug dealer is murdered, I believe in punishing the 1 who committed murder. However, I don’t martyr the drug dealer’s life.

I wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out 1 or more of the Orlando victims were pedophiles & or drug dealers. Orlando mass murder’s wrong, but I’m not going to martyr the victim’s lives esp. if it turns out 1 or more of the victims were drug dealers & or pedophiles.

http://ktla.com/2016/06/14/baptist-pastor-on-orlando-attack-are-you-sad-... I have said that possibly 1 or more of the Orlando victims were gay pedophiles & or drug dealers while this Baptist pastor said all Orlando victims were pedophiles.

Anonymous

I am not Christian. Tempe AZ Pastor S.L. Anderson after the Orlando shooting talked about pedophiles being killed the same way as Sacramento Pastor Roger Jimenez did. While it would not surprise me if 1 or more of the Orlando victims were pedophiles & or drug junkies, I wouldn't say that all the victims were pedophiles and if any of the Orlando victims were pedophiles and drug dealers, then it's the police and courts job to take care of them. Rest of my post is copy/paste or copy&paste.

I wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out 1 or more of the Orlando victims were pedophiles & or drug dealers. Orlando mass murder’s wrong, but I’m not going to martyr the victim’s lives esp. if it turns out 1 or more of the victims were drug dealers & or pedophiles.

http://ktla.com/2016/06/14/baptist-pastor-on-orlando-attack-are-you-sad-... I have said that possibly 1 or more of the Orlando victims were gay pedophiles & or drug dealers while this Baptist pastor said all Orlando victims were pedophiles.

Anonymous

There are gays even the gay Walter Lee Hampton 2 who on his youtube page has talked of gays having higher drug junkyism rates, about gay men harassing teenage boys for sex, etc.
Walter Lee Hampton 2, while talking about ugly facts which face homosexuals omits the violent crimes which gays commit when high on drugs such as cocaine and meth.

I think because here Walter Lee Hampton's homosexuality influences, but he admits ugly facts. I don't think Walter Lee Hampton the homosexual who posts on Youtube would be surprised if it turned out 1 or more of the Orlando shooting victims were pedophiles and or drug junkies. Walter Lee Hampton does use the F word alot in his videos and though Walter Lee Hampton is Black-American, Walter Lee Hampton insults other Blacks with ethnic slurs and I do not understand why Blacks call eachother with ethnic slurs.

Often the media ends up making gays who are killed with 'hero worship' or 'queero worship', usually omitting ugly facts of who the homoman was before he was killed, such as omitting if he was a pedophile and or drug junky. Unsurprising if it turns out 1 or more of those killed & wounded in Orlando 2016 gay pub was a pedophile, drug junky & or drug dealer. Getting killed does not mean omit ugly facts on who victim was before their death & let's not have 'queero worship.'

Anonymous

Often the media ends up making gays who are killed with 'hero worship' or 'queero worship', usually omitting ugly facts of who the homoman was before he was killed, such as omitting if he was a pedophile and or drug junky. Unsurprising if it turns out 1 or more of those killed & wounded in Orlando 2016 gay pub was a pedophile, drug junky & or drug dealer.

Getting killed does not mean omit ugly facts on who victim was before their death & let's not have 'queero worship.'

after Methew W. Shepard's murder, most people who knew ugly facts about him were shy as they don't want to sound rude by talking poorly of dead-families of the 8 year old boys who Methew W. Shepard molested were shy because they likely guessed the same thing. In few cases where people tried to tell ugly facts about Methew W. Shepard, the journalists ignored them or they were condemned for talking bad about the dead.

Witnesses who spoke to Stephen Jimenez likely thought that because Stephen Jimenez is a gay journalist, that they can tell ugly facts about Methew W. Shepard w/o being condemned.

Judy & Dennis W. Shepard push 'queero worship' of Methew W. Shepard for years. They have gone to schools to speak being invited by teachers & kids have posed for pictures with Dennis & Judy Shepard. Many of the pro-gay teachers won't tolerate students giving facts which offend them & if a student were to say to Dennis & Judy Shepard that Methew W. Shepard's a child molester, drug junky & possible drug dealer, they could get punished by teacher.

The teachers support free speech right for students to pose for pictures with Dennis & Judy Shepard-the parents of a dead child molester, drug junky & possible drug dealer but they oppose free speech right for students to say ugly facts. There have been cases over students getting punished by teachers for giving views against homosexuality which offended the pro-gay teachers.

Dennis & Judy Shepard hope that people who agree with them reinforce them while those who differ be shy or if they speak censor them. If Dennis & Judy Shepard are invited to speak @ a school, then kids should have a right to tell ugly facts about Methew W. Shepard though Dennis & Judy hate it.

If the law had punished Harvey B. Milk for committing homosexual abuse on a 16 year old boy in 1964 (which he was not prosecuted for) & if the Wyoming legal system had given Methew Wayne Shepard years in prison rather than counseling by Natrona County Juvenile Court for molesting 2 boys when he was 15 years old, then Harvey B. Milk & Methew Wayne Shepard both would have avoided being murdered in 1978 & 1998.

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