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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Michelle Nobama

Pure garbage!!!

Anonymous

Posters have been offended by me saying that it wouldn’t surprise me if it turns out 1 or more of the Orlando victims were pedophiles & or drug dealers. They’re offended because I think they know it’s possible but hate that I raise this because people were murdered & wounded in this shooting. I don’t omit ugly facts because something bad as getting murdered happened. Though posters know this, here’s why it wouldn’t be surprising if it turns out 1 or more of the victims were gay pedophiles & or drug dealers. The life of gays & lesbians (though not always) often have bad childhood such as fact that many gays & lesbians were victims of gay/lesbian pedophiles as kids.

1. People who are victims of same sex pedophilia are more likely to turn out gay/lesbian in adulthood, copying the sexual behavior they learned. In worse cases, victims of gay/lesbian pedophiles turn out to be gay/lesbian pedophiles in adulthood. This is esp. true for gay men & wouldn’t surprise me if it turns out 1 or more of the gay men killed in Orlando had been as a boy molested by gay pedophiles such as gay Catholic priests which caused them to repeat sexual conduct they learned from their abuse & possibly even turn out to be gay pedophiles.

2. People who are victims of gay/lesbian pedophiles along with being more likely to turn out gay/lesbian are also more likely to have problems such as depression, drug junkyism & drunkardism. They’re more likely to use drugs such as Meth, Cocaine & Extasy. In some cases, junkies can sell drugs along with using them or be a drug courier or lookout for drug dealers for money. In pubs, drugs are often sold & pubs are known to get drunkards, junkies & drug dealers.

Now I know this offends people with posters telling me how I’m trashing people who aren’t here to defend themselves. But ugly facts don’t change because some1 is murdered & it wouldn’t surprise me if 1 or more of the victims were pedophiles & or drug junkies + drug dealers because again, many gays & lesbians were victims of gay/lesbian pedophiles which ruined their sexuality & people who are victimized like this are more likely to turn out gay/lesbian in adulthood incl. turn out to be gay/lesbian pedophiles & more likely to be drug junkies incl. in some cases, sell drugs. Think the offended posters know this but hate that I’m not shy & raise this.

Anonymous

I have to say I am offended, but not because of the fact you are exercising your right to speak. I'm offended by your brazen misinformed co-relation of LGBT people to "drug dealers, paedorasts, and junkies." A judgement that you could also raise at a mass killing any place, regardless of the sexual orientation of the clientele. I sincerely hope you take a moment to inform youself before making sweeping statements about the deaths of human beings.

Anonymous

To the commenter who replied to my post. I read both your comments and my thoughts. Yes, in any mass shooting or mass murder, it's possible that 1 or more of the victims are bad people, because individuals are different and not every1's a nice person. We still punish murder because even if 1 of the victim is a bad person. If some1 goes into a shopping mall and shoots and kills many people, the mass murderer must be punished, even if it turns out 1 of the shopping mall victims was a convicted felon with a violent criminal record, because it's not the mass murderer's place to be judge, jury and executioner.

With Orlando, you're right that Omar S. Mateen had no right to go into a Orlando gay club and shoot so many people which killed over 40 and wounded many, even if it's true that 1 or more of the Orlando shooting victims were pedophiles and or drug junkies or even drug dealers. If it's true that 1 or more of the Orlando shooting victims was a pedophile, drug dealer, etc., then it's the cops job to arrest them & help the prosecutors prove they're guilty. If convicted, then they go to prison. I don't disagree with that. Besides, I'm mostly against the death penalty.

The reason I mention that it would not surprise me if it turns out that 1 or more of the Orlando victims were pedophiles and or drug junkies is because in gay bashing cases, too often & not surprisingly, the media pushes hero or 'queero worship' of the victims because the victims a homosexual. With Orlando so far, there was a music video in 2016 by musician Sia called Greatest which implies we should worship the Orlando victims. For many years, the media has pushed hero or queero worship of Harvey B. Milk (1930-1978) & Metthew Wayne Shepard (1978-1998) because both gays were killed where esp. in the Methew Wayne Shepard case, they omit ugly facts on who the victim was.

Judy Lynn Shepard , the Shepard Foundation, etc. have been trying to censor gay journalist Stephen Jimenez's 2013 Book of Matt. Judy Lynn Shepard not surprising supports the homosexual pedophile Harvey B. Milk (1930-1978) who committed homosexual statutory rape on a 16 year old boy in 1964 which even the gay activists admit. Metthew Wayne Shepard (1976-1998) was not the innocent as he has been portrayed by Laramie Project or films like Shepard is a Friend of Mine. Metthew Wayne Shepard was a junky who assoc. with drug dealers in both Colorado & Wyoming, was possibly a drug dealer himself (Methew Wayne Shepard could also possibly have been a drug courier or a lookout) & when he was 15 years old, he was arrested for molesting 2 boys & he got counseling by Natrona County Juvenile Court for molesting 2 boys.

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. 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. Dennis & Judy L. Shepard have been arrogantly dishonest about who Methew W. Shepard was by trying to censor Stephen Jimenez.

I don't know why the murder happened & 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. 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.

Anonymous

Like it makes a big huge gd difference to notate it when they're already dead & it's a mute point. It doesn't matter what someone was when they're dead, there's no way anything bad can come of it so what's the point of saying it?

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, may gay/lesbian pedophiles such as Jerry A. Sandusky as 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.

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

When I read a gay (transexuals are mutilated gays/lesbians and they must abolish sex changes) bashing case in the news, I wonder what the view is of the journalist reporting this on homosexuality/lesbianism ? I also wonder if the journalist is a homosexual or lesbian and if so, are they setting aside their bias and reporting the news with no problems ? I do not trust news that I get from Daily Kos or the Huffington Post on their coverage of gay bashing cases because they predictably make the homosexual look like an innocent victim no matter what wrong the gay does.

For posters who say that if a homosexual (some cases lesbian) commits crimes such as stalking, indecent exposure, assault & battery (touching a person’s genitals against will is assault & battery or forceplay), etc. that the man should allow the abuse are apologists for molestation because that is what a would be molester wants the victim to do before doing a more violent attack. First again-stalking, harassment, indecent exposure, assault & battery (forceplay), etc. are crimes just by themselves. But they can easily worsen to something more violent. Though you know this, here are some things as these cases are unpredictable.

-If a gay grabs a man’s butt, groin, etc. against will, the homosexual is committing assault & battery or forceplay even if people use mild words such as unwanted….. If a homosexual man is trying to commit a more serious crime such as pedophilia, the first things a gay does is that assault & battery or forceplay. It’s same way that if a man is going to rape a woman, the 1st things he does are grab a woman’s boobs, butt, etc. against will or forceplay. If a homosexual wants to commit molestation-Stalking, indecent exposure, assault & battery or forceplay, etc. are often the first crimes a homosexual does before he molests.

-If the gay (some cases lesbian) is high on drugs such as cocaine & or meth while committing indecent exposure, stalking, etc., then the homosexual can commit a more violent crime incl. murder in a drug rage after committing indecent exposure. Stalking, indecent exposure, etc. may not be the only crime which the homosexual intends esp. if he is high on drugs. Think you know that when gays & lesbians commit sex abuse, the first thing they do is commit indecent exposure, grab a person’s genitals against will before doing something more violent.

Proposing (straight or gay) in your house, singles bar or @ a private party is in most cases legal. The right thing to do is say no and leave. If a man is a guest in a gay man’s house and the gay man proposes, the right thing to do is say no and leave because it is the gay man’s house and the gay man did not commit a crime when he did the proposal so the right thing to do is leave the house. However, repeatedly proposing after some1 has said no is criminal harassment.

If gay man repeatedly proposes such as follow the man around after no has been said, then the homosexual is committing criminal stalking and the man has a right to end this abuse. If a homosexual is going to commit indecent exposure, then it’s a crime and there is no need for a man to say no to a crime the homosexual had no right to do. & there is no need for a man to say no to a homosexual who is proposing to him in a public restroom because public restroom is not a house or a bar and it’s illegal to ask others for sex in public restroom. Public restroom is the place to use toilet and wash up not a place for sex.

Again if it’s true homosexual committed indecent exposure, harassment, stalking, etc. before men reacted violently, then the fact the homosexual committed a crime before he was bashed must be decided by jury in deciding if gay basher(s) used reasonable or excess force. I would rather have a case where a jury decides if a man’s reaction to bashing or killing a homosexual is justified or excess vs. the man doesn’t do enough and the gay does something worse. Most men and boys who are victims of gays usu. won’t call cops to report that a gay is committing indecent exposure, harassment or in worst cases molestation until some1 reacts violently and bashes the gay.

Anonymous

If you go to women's locker rooms such as in a gym, you can see women changing & if there are beautiful women in there changing, then yes, I'd like to see that, esp. if a woman's has nice big natural boobs. If a man can find a woman in the women's locker room who wants to have sex with a man, then he'll take her home. Also when a woman pees, farts and shits in the bathroom, she has to get bottom nude in order to sit down on toilet to pee, fart and shit.

Men would like for pretty women to go into men's bathrooms & men want to be able to go into women's bathrooms if there are pretty women in there. Men don't want other men shitting there & most men would rather see a pretty nude woman in men's bathroom & men want to go into women's bathrooms to see pretty women naked.

Anonymous

I'm not religious, though I did go to Christian schools when as a boy (1970s)as we had immigrated to in 1972 & my parents believed Christian schools would give better education. Turns out 1 of the priests @ our school was a gay pedofile. I am not religious because among other things, if there's a God, then why do bad things happen in world ? All transexuals are homosexual/lesbian as the act of mutilating to become false opposite sex is itself an act of homosexuality/lesbianism-sad maiming and make this illegal.

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