Monday, December 12, 2016

Orlando Center marks 6-month anniversary of Pulse nightclub massacre

On Monday, Lawmakers from all levels of government, members the LGBT and Faith Communities, and residents from all over Central Florida came together in Downtown Orlando for a memorial service to honor the 49 victims that lost their lives during the Pulse Nightclub shooting that took place six months ago.

It's where 49 people were killed and more than 50 others were wounded. Now, Pulse is a place of remembrance. It’s also a symbol of resilience and resolve.
Denise Gonzales remembers the nights she spent here with friends and the fun they had at a place where nobody ever got judged.

“People just treated you so well,” she says, “and I'm a straight woman, and I loved going. I support my LGBT community - friends, family, all of them.”

“We gather today to honor the 49 lives that were lost but to also support the injured, the traumatize and those bearing the emotional wounds felt by the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender communities.” said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs “But we are also here to reflect up on our response to June 12 because in the wake of the attack our community came together like no other.”

“Orlando didn’t react with hatred to this hate crime. We responded with love. We reacted in a way that was unprecedented. ” said Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan, a member of the lesbian, bi gays community, who also saluted first responders “The gay community, the straight community, the muslim community, everyone came together after Pulse. It wasn’t an accident.”

The Orlando Sentinel reported that survivors of the June 12 massacre and friends and relatives of those who died attended a memorial service inside the fence that now surrounds the Pulse nightclub. The names of the 49 victims were read aloud at 2:02 a.m., the exact moment when the gunman opened fire.

@Bisexual News