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Remembering Pulse, 2 Years Later
June 12, 2018 at 9:51 am

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By Rick Zbur, Executive Director

Two years ago, the world lost 49 members of our LGBTQ and Latinx communities in a tragic mass shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Since that night, we’ve fought every day for common sense gun safety legislation in Sacramento and our nation’s capital, recognizing the fact that ending the sickeningly repetitive cycle of gun violence in America is as much an ‘LGBTQ issue’ as any other. Because as long as someone can walk into a school or a movie theatre or a house of worship — or a nightclub — with a semi-automatic weapon, then none of us are safe.

This year, we’ve seen a movement of young leaders — unjaded, uncorrupted and unwilling to wait for the rest of us to catch up — join the LGBTQ community and our allies in the fight to end gun violence. They, along with the Pulse survivors and the families of those who were lost at Pulse, give me so much hope that for our future. As dark as these days may seem sometimes, we can take comfort in the fact that young leaders like Emma González and Naomi Wadler and Cameron Kasky are the future — and the future is fearless.

Two years after that tragic night in Orlando, Equality California continues to honor the memory of those who were taken from us — and the memories of every other child, sibling, student, friend, coworker and neighbor lost to gun violence — by rededicating ourselves to the fight for gun safety. We’re giving it everything we’ve got. And we’re incredibly grateful to have you fighting alongside us.

Please take a moment to remember the names of the beautiful souls we lost that day:

Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old

Amanda L. Alvear, 25 years old

Oscar A. Aracena Montero, 26 years old

Rodolfo Ayala Ayala, 33 years old

Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old

Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old

Angel Candelario-Padro, 28 years old

Juan Chavez Martinez, 25 years old

Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old

Cory James Connell, 21 years old

Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old

Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old

Simón Adrian Carrillo Fernández, 31 years old

Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old

Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old

Peter Ommy Gonzalez Cruz, 22 years old

Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old

Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old

Frank Hernandez, 27 years old

Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old

Javier Jorge Reyes, 40 years old

Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old

Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old

Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, 25 years old

Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old

Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old

Brenda Marquez McCool, 49 years old

Gilberto R. Silva Menendez, 25 years old

Kimberly Jean Morris, 37 years old

Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old

Luis Omar Ocasio Capo, 20 years old

Geraldo A. Ortiz Jimenez, 25 years old

Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old

Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old

Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old

Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old

Jean Carlos Nieves Rodríguez, 27 years old

Xavier Emmanuel Serrano-Rosado, 35 years old

Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 years old

Yilmary Rodríguez Solivan, 24 years old

Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old

Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old

Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old

Jonathan A. Camuy Vega, 24 years old

Juan Pablo Rivera Velázquez, 37 years old

Luis Sergio Vielma, 22 years old

Franky Jimmy DeJesus Velázquez, 50 years old

Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old

Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 years old

 


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