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Orlando, One Year Later
(Blogmensgo, gay blog of June 15, 2017) On June 12, 2016, an armed man had killed 49 people and injured 58 others – most of whom belonged to the LGBT community. In Orlando and around the globe, the victims were commemorated – albeit in various manners.
At the improvised memorial site close to the Pulse Club, which has not opened since the shootings a year ago, a commemorative service was held for the survivors and the families of the victims. One man certainly was not present: The father of a killed young man who has not yet recovered his son’s dead body because he was gay.
Here is a video of the commemorative service (1:30h):
Not far from this site, several thousand people gathered in remembrance of the victims as well.
The governor of von Florida declared June 12 as the Orlando United Day, and the hashtag #OrlandoUnitedDay spread like a virus on the social networks.
In the US and around the globe, there were numerous commemorations on June 12, even in little gay-friendly environments.
President Donald Trump sent a tweet with hashtag #OrlandoUnitedDay with photos of all 49 victims. Since the tweet has no spelling or grammar mistakes, it is clear that someone else must have written it in his name.
Many speeches were held in honor of the victims – but almost all of them forgot to point out the homophobic character of the massacre.
Another disturbing tendency are all the complot theories that have turned up on the social networks – similar to those denying the first step of a human on the moon (July 20, 1969) or the destruction of the World Trade Center towers (September 11, 2001).
Some idiots now claim that the massacre actually never happened at all, and that the “gay lobby” just made it all up.
It turns out that even 365 days, 49 dead and 58 injured later, homophobia is as alive as always. Long is the road…
A note with a hopeful outlook at the end of this article: The following report was broadcast on CBS on June 12, 2017. Beside the rather neutral, journalistic tone, there is some compassionate language, too. In particular, the two words love and life are said many times. This is in reference to the victims’ lost lives of course but maybe also to life, which will go on for us, and with much love for everyone hopefully.
You can find more information about the horrible incidents of June 12, 2016 in our article We Are Orlando.