The massacre in Orlando is front and center. Video streamed on YouTube by The Washington Post.
Streamed live on Facebook by WTVM News Leader 9.
Via Press Release from Colgay Pride:
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
COLUMBUS GEORGIA UNITED FOR ORLANDO REMEMBRANCE & CANDLELIGHT VIGIL
TUESDAY JUNE 14th
COLUMBUS GOVERNMENT CENTER
COLUMBUS UNITED FOR ORLANDO
REMEMBRANCE & CANDLELIGHT VIGIL CEREMONY
TUESDAY JUNE 14th
COLUMBUS GOVERNMENT CENTER
SPRINGER SIDE COURTYARD
Leaders throughout the Columbus Georgia Community united in solidarity will hold a United City Wide Vigil this Tuesday at 7 PM located at the Columbus Government Center Springer Side Courtyard in response to the horrific tragedy that took place in Orlando early Sunday Morning targeting the LGBT Community. Security will be present. People are encouraged to Bring flowers and pride colors to lay and candles if you got them. Speakers, a Moment of silence will be held, and a prayer. Come support Pride in the LGBT lives of all those affected by this monumental tragedy that shall be echoed throughout history when hate reached a new height in America. Everyone come and let’s stand united for Orlando and every person everywhere persecuted from hatred and violence.
Special Guest Speakers including Nichole Red Tanner LGBT Liaison to the NAACP, Kayla Brown Vigil Creator , Jeremy Hobbs Colgay Pride, Community Leader & Activist Patricia Lassiter along with more to be scheduled as we speak. Prayer will be held by New Covenant Church of Columbus Georgia Pastor Colley Williams. Leaders of Faith, Members of Leadership and many others will share their thoughts and words.
EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO ATTEND & PARTICIPATE
This event is about all Columbus Citizens coming together and standing together as One Columbus United for Orlando. We urge every citizen in Columbus to come out and Stand in Solidarity and Stand against the Worse Mass Shooting to ever occur in American History. Stand in Solidarity for Human Life. Stand United for Orlando!
If you would like to speak or have questions please call Jeremy Hobbs today 706-580-6239.
Your Presence will send a message around the world We Will Not Give into Terror in America and On Tuesday We Stand in Unity with Orlando!
On Tuesday We Will Stand Together United for Human Life.
We Truly Hope to See you there.
COLUMBUS UNITED FOR ORLANDO
“Thank you for lending your voice, taking action to fight injustice and standing up for equality for all.”
Jeremy Scott Hobbs
COLGAY PRIDE Director
4411 Rosemont Drive
Columbus Georgia 31904
In the spirit of GetEQUAL’s dragging of homophobic U.S. congressmembers for their unjustified, useless condolences, let’s look at the countries offering condolences to Orlando which have anti-gay sodomy laws or criminalization of freedom of expression for LGBT people.
Seriously, they range from fines to imprisonment to torture to execution. But yet, they offer condolences and absolutely DO NOT MENTION THAT QUEER FOLKS WERE TARGETED.
When GetEQUAL is lit, they’re on fire.
The fine folks at this organization called out politicians left-and-right yesterday on Twitter for voting records, fundraising, and speaking engagements with anti-LGBT allies, specifically the Family Research Council. Almost all of 28 incumbent senators and 29 congressmembers called out have 100% voting records with the FRC.
Let’s read the grouped-by-state receipts, shall we?
Right now, the ethnicities of the 50 people killed at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando are being erased from the conversation.
They were predominately Latino and/or of African or Afro-Caribbean descent.
Few queer people of color have been interviewed by major news media outlets. Faisal Alam, a queer Pakistani-American LGBT rights activist of Muslim religion, is one of those few.
And what’s worse: the fact that they were predominately LGBT, that this was a gay nightclub, that this was a hate crime, is also being whitewashed in some outlets, like Sky News in the UK:
This bears repeating: The first victims of Orlando were Latino. The majority of victims were Latino and/or African-American. Almost all of the victims were queer. And Pulse is a gay nightclub.
Never Forget This. Queer People of Color were mass murdered on Sunday, 11 June 2016, and were killed because they were queer. Don’t whitewash this.
I enjoy myself at #SOBSFCon in Atlanta. Talk about it on video.
I go to sleep. Then a queer nightclub in #Orlando is massacred by a religious bigot gunman. During Pride Month.
Then I wake up.
What can I feel about this?
It’s only starting to sink in that people were sitting ducks, enjoying themselves in their vulnerability to each other, and someone just took advantage of that vulnerability to end their lives.
It’s a betrayal of that honesty of the close, inclusive quarters.
His father blames it on seeing two men kissing.
How can someone be so disturbed by such vulnerability that they seek to kill those who show it on such a grand scale?
That is, unless they are carefully taught or teach themselves to see such vulnerability as inhuman, as not fitting the “proper roles” of human beings. And, like cowards, seek to “perfect” the world by eliminating the “improper” people.
But that is not just. It is irrational, insipid, arrogant, and monstrous. It can emanate from anywhere for any reason or motive, but will carry out death and destruction all the same.
Sometimes, there is no justice. Not against such a monstrosity.
But, at the bottom of Pandora’s box, there is hope. There is always hope.
The list of the 49 victims of the #Orlando shooting continues to be updated with names, ages and even occupations. They worked in the widest variety of occupations, came from predominantly Latino and African descents, and were mostly LGBTQ.
It is because of that last aspect that their lives were taken on Pride Month.
This is the list from the City government of Orlando which is still being updated as of this writing. This list does not include the perpetrator.
- Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old
- Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old
- Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old
- Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old
- Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old
- Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old
- Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old
- Kimberly Morris, 37 years old
- Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old
- Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old
- Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old
- Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old
- Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25 years old
- Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old
- Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old
- Amanda Alvear, 25 years old
- Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old
- Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old
- Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old
- Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old
- Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old
- Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old
- Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old
- Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old
- Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old
- Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old
- Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old
- Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old
- Cory James Connell, 21 years old
- Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old
- Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old
- Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old
- Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 years old