Orlando Nightclub Shooting: Tegan & Sara and More Pay Tribute, Two Years Later
Tuesday (June 12) marks the second anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting, the deadliest incident of violence against LGBTQ people in U.S. history and a particularly devastating tragedy for the queer latinx community in Orlando, FL.
The city has since worked to pick themselves back up over the past two years. LGBTQ rights groups have raised millions of dollars in support of the victims and their families, local community organizations have established new educational resource centers for queer youth, and plans have been set to turn the site of the nightclub into a memorial by 2020.
The memory of that night will not be forgotten, many refusing to let the joyful spirit of those who lost their lives vanish. On Tuesday, celebrities and politicians took to social media to remember the tragedy.
See some of the statements and tributes below.
A heartbreaking anniversary today for the senseless death of 49 people at Pulse, an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando. An important reminder of why we need to keep up the fight for gun law reform to protect all communities. #HateKills #OrlandoPulse #OnePulse #Pulse pic.twitter.com/wWoi8mxbxM— Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) June 12, 2018
As I land in Orlando, I can’t stop myself from crying. I’m excited to be home, but two years later my heart still breaks for my city. Please always remember that #loveislove and I love YOU!— Ginger Minj (@TheGingerMinj) June 12, 2018
Two years after #Pulse, we remember the 49 lives lost. Let’s tell, read, and share their stories – and let’s unite around them. #HonorThemWithAction— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) June 12, 2018
(Artwork by Kelly O’Brien) pic.twitter.com/MT62zY4h8L
Two years after #Pulse, I know that love will win. We will transform our sorrow into love and progress. We will grieve, we will remember, we will unite. We will stand with our LGBTQ & Latino community. We will work to end #GunViolence & #DisarmHate. Today, we are #OrlandoStrong. pic.twitter.com/4xJVLqGLyH— Rep. Val Demings (@RepValDemings) June 12, 2018
Orlando Pulse . Two years ago today. Remember. pic.twitter.com/gzsr4ado0Y— Alec Mapa (@AlecMapa) June 12, 2018
2 years ago, a mass shooter killed 49 people & injured 53 others at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. My dear cousin, MJ Wright, was one of the mother’s who lost a child, Jerry Wright, at #Pulse. Many mass shootings, many lives lost, before and after Pulse. Congress still won’t act. -- pic.twitter.com/3ehqprZIJR— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) June 12, 2018
It has been two years since the unthinkable tragedy at Pulse Nightclub. Please continue to raise up and honor the 49 people who were taken from us that awful day, as well as the survivors, their families, and everyone impacted. Say their names and learn more about their stories. pic.twitter.com/lwRfukngSZ— Raymond Braun (@raymondbraun) June 12, 2018