Today marks the anniversary of a traumatic and painful day for LGBTQ folks. Three years ago, a gunman entered Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida and opened fire within the walls of a safe space for the LGBTQ community. In doing so, he ended 49 beautiful lives; our queer brothers, sisters, siblings and allies. The Pulse Nightclub Massacre remains one of the deadliest targeted attacks on our community in American history.
In Louisiana, this day also evokes the dark memory of the UpStairs Lounge Fire and the indelible scars of our past. Almost forty four years later, we witnessed the pain, fellowship and humbling resilience of our community with the world watching.
Forum for Equality joins a coalition of other organizations in asking you to remember the victims of the Pulse Nightclub Massacre through a campaign called #HonorThemWithAction. This initiative involves calling on individuals to engage in actionable efforts that improve the lives of LGBTQ folks, Latinx folks and those living at the intersection of both communities; and, in doing so, honor the memory of those we have lost.
It’s oftentimes difficult to know what to do with the lingering pain of events like the Pulse Massacre. Know that there are small things all of us can do in our everyday lives to make the lives of queer people better in our own space at our own pace. And that, in and of itself, is a beautiful way to pause and recognize the significance of an event that will always shape the history of what it means to be LGBTQ in America.
Forum for Equality Executive Director