The LGBTQ community will honor Pulse victims with 49 days of action
It’s been one year since a single gunman took the lives of 49 people at an LGBTQ nightclub in Florida, and the queer community is marking the solemn anniversary with a powerful call to action.
Orlando’s LGBTQ community created a campaign called #HonorThemWithAction in recognition of the one year mark of the Pulse massacre. Through the campaign, the LGBTQ community is mobilizing to complete 49 days of action, with each day of activism commemorating a victim of the shooting.
Over the next seven weeks, the campaign’s daily actions will cover topics related to LGBTQ equality and gun control. The June 12 action, for instance, is to attend a Pulse remembrance event in your community or watch one online. The daily action on June 16 is to contact your member of Congress and demand they sign on to the Disarm Hate Act.
“We must ensure the lasting memorial is the real change of uprooting anti-LGBTQ hatred, discrimination, and violence in our culture,” the campaign website reads.
The campaign was started on June 12, the one year mark of the Pulse Nightclub shooting that took place on Latin night. A single gunman murdered LGBTQ Latinx people almost exclusively in the horrific shooting, which is recognized as the largest mass shooting in U.S. history.
The effort is already being supported major nonprofits working with the LGBTQ community, including GLAAD, GLSEN, Lambda Legal, Human Rights Campaign, National Center for Transgender Equality, National LGBTQ Task Force, and SAGE. These partner organizations not only are tweeting their support under the hashtag, but are also pledging to take part in the 49 days of action.
Aside from the daily actions over seven weeks, the campaign is also encouraging individual supporters to use the hashtag #HonorThemWithAction on social media to share how they are helping to tackle LGBTQ bias and bigotry in their everyday lives. Examples given by the campaign including coming out to family, questioning workplace and school policies toward LGBTQ people, and volunteering with queer-focused organizations.
Through this dedicated action, the queer community is moving forward with resilience to honor those taken one year ago. It’s another vital step toward continued healing.
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