An interim memorial stands at the site of the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, where a gunman shot and killed 49 people five years ago. (Photo: Orlando Sentinel)
On June 12, the nation will mark five years since the PULSE Nightclub tragedy in Orlando, Florida that stole the lives of 49 individuals, many of whom were part of the LGBTQIA+ and/or Latinx communities. This serves as a moment to reflect on the progress that has been made since the shooting, pause to honor the lives of the 49 people who were shot and killed and the many more forever changed, and recommit to honoring them with action. Since that day, activists and advocates have been working tirelessly to combat hate-motivated violence and gun violence, so no community ever must feel the devastation that Orlando experienced.
This year, The Coalition for Pulse: 5 Years Later was formed. The coalition made up of QLatinx, The Center Orlando, OnePulse Foundation, Equality Florida, Equality Federation Institute, Human Rights Campaign Foundation, and Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund was created in an effort to continue to remember the victims and survivors of this horrific moment in our history. As organizations centering queer, Latinx, and/or gun violence prevention work, our values focus on uplifting the voices of those taken at the Pulse nightclub five years ago.
We’re hoping that you will join us this year in this significant National Moment of Solidarity. Here are some ways you can participate in the Pulse 5 Year Remembrance:
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
- Join the National Discussion at 5:00PM ET then observe the National Moments of Silence at 6:00PM ET.
- Observing the National Moment of Silence for 49 seconds on June 12th at 6:00PM ET
- Join the Pulse Annual Remembrance Ceremony honoring the 49 Angels, Survivors and First Responders at 7:00PM ET via onePULSE’s Facebook page. #Pulse5YearsLater #RememberPulse #Pulse5AñosDespués
Sign your name to our statement of Commitment to Solidarity and Action to honor Pulse & the LGBTQIA+ and Latinx Communities.
LEARN ABOUT THE ISSUE
Share facts and information about the impact of gun violence on the LGBTQIA+ community. Read a report created by Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, Giffords Law, Human Rights Campaign Foundation, and Equality Florida on how anti-LGBTQ bias and guns are taking the lives of countless LGBTQ people.
SHARE YOUR SUPPORT ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Show your support on social media using our graphics and sample tweet or posts. Remember to use the hashtags #Pulse5YearsLater #RememberPulse #Pulse5AñosDespués
The Coalition for Pulse: 5 Years Later invites everyone to observe the National Moments of Solidarity listed above on June 12, 2021, find out more at https://bit.ly/pulse5year.
Together, we will remember the 49 lives stolen on that tragic evening by honoring them with action.
We offer heartfelt condolences to the families of the 49 victims who lost their lives during the Pulse tragedy.
Stanley Almodovar III, 23
Amanda L. Alvear, 25
Oscar A. Aracena Montero, 26
Rodolfo Ayala Ayala, 33
Antonio Davon Brown, 29
Darryl Roman Burt II, 29
Angel Candelario-Padro, 28
Juan Chavez Martinez, 25
Luis Daniel Conde, 39
Cory James Connell, 21
Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25
Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32
Simón Adrian Carrillo Fernández, 31
Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25
Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26
Peter Ommy Gonzalez Cruz, 22
Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22
Paul Terrell Henry, 41
Frank Hernandez, 27
Miguel Angel Honorato, 30
Javier Jorge Reyes, 40
Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19
Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30
Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, 25
Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32
Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21
Brenda Marquez McCool, 49
Gilberto R. Silva Menendez, 25
Kimberly Jean Morris, 37
Akyra Monet Murray, 18
Luis Omar Ocasio Capo, 20
Geraldo A. Ortiz Jimenez, 25
Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36
Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32
Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35
Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25
Jean Carlos Nieves Rodríguez, 27
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano-Rosado, 35
Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24
Yilmary Rodríguez Solivan, 24
Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34
Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33
Martin Benitez Torres, 33
Jonathan A. Camuy Vega, 24
Juan Pablo Rivera Velázquez, 37
Luis Sergio Vielma, 22
Franky Jimmy DeJesus Velázquez, 50
Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37
Jerald Arthur Wright, 31