Community Response to Tragedy

By : Alex Storer
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After horror struck Orlando on the morning of June 12, 2016 it took monumental effort for a grief-stricken community -for people- to come together and address the needs of everyone affected, specially of those directly impacted. Long-established leaders as well as emerging ones found themselves at the forefront of a massive task: to build up this once colorful and joyful community. A haven for LGBTQ+ people had been stolen and the LGBTQ+ Latinx community suffered a devastating loss. Layers upon layers of challenges, from language barriers to immigration status, came to surface. To take care of all those involved was not and it still isn’t an easy mission. However, in the strength and resiliency that characterizes a community with a long record of fighting oppression and hatred, a united front was there to pick up the pieces and guide the process to becoming whole again. Join us for a special Diálogo session with Representative Carlos Guillermo SmithTerry DeCarloRoxy Santiago and Christopher J. Cuevas as they share the paths they’ve taken to respond to tragedy, to honor those lost and to continue fighting for the community

Tampa has a night of remembrance one year after the Pulse tragedy

By : Jeremy Williams
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Tampanians gathered at Centennial Park Station in Tampa June 12 to remember and honor those lives lost at the hands of a gunman one year earlier at Pulse in Orlando.

The gathering had local performers and speakers as well as a candlelight vigil.

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Pulse Remembrance with Music & Poetry

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Local band Sugar City will perform their song “World of Love,” which was inspired by the Pulse tragedy and recorded at the Melrose Center. Local poets will read poems they composed in memory of the events of June 12, 2016.

Looking back on a gay nightclub that almost wasn’t; looking forward after a massacre

By : Alma J. Hill
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The news coverage of Pulse is a 24-hour cycle of tragedy. Again and again, readers are forced to relive chaos and carnage. Images of the battered wall fill our news feeds, and the faces of the 49 float in and out of our consciousness on a regular basis. Bodies in corners, mothers crying in cars, candles in the rain; remembering Pulse has come to almost exclusively mean reliving the events of June 12th.

Rarely is the legacy of the club discussed. As an LGBTQ friendly space that had been operational for well over a decade, Pulse represented many firsts for Orlando. It was the first Orlando nightclub to feature a space even remotely similar to its famed futuristic white room (that changed colors). In 2013, it became one of the first gay clubs in Central Florida to give a Saturday night home to a Latin night. The club’s opulent interior garnered national attention, earning Pulse coverage in both Club and Mondo magazines.

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Editor’s Desk 6.1.17

By : Billy Manes
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For most of us, it’s been the year of our discontent: a slack-jawed reckoning with a grief that stretches city and countywide, a mourning that, for 12 months, confounded and consumed the entire world.

Even the uncomfortable cultural things that swarm in after the bomb drops – helicopters and newscasters and national media hovering around each tear we’ve been able to drop, each one of those drying our wells of stamina and breaking our private slouches – have served as difficult oil clouding our water. But never once have they cracked our resolve. Orlando strong? Yes. Orlando hurt? More than you can even imagine.

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June 12 named ‘Orlando United Day,’ will honor Pulse victims

By : Jeremy Williams
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The City of Orlando, Orange County and Pulse Orlando announced June 12, 2017 — the one-year anniversary of the Pulse shooting — will be designated “Orlando United Day: A Day of Love and Kindness,” according to OCFL.net.

“June 12 will be dedicated to honoring the memory of the 49 innocent Pulse victims, supporting survivors and recognizing the compassion and love that was displayed by the Central Florida community following the tragedy,” the website reads.

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Father of Pulse shooter spotted at Clinton rally

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) – The father of the Orlando gay nightclub shooter was spotted at a campaign event for Hillary Clinton in Central Florida.

Seddique Mateen was standing in a crowd behind Clinton during the event in Kissimmee Aug. 8, south of Orlando. A campaign official told The Associated Press that he wasn’t invited to attend the 3,000-person, open-door public event and that the campaign wasn’t aware he was there until it ended.

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Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer wants city to purchase Pulse

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ORLANDO (AP) -Orlando’s mayor says he wants the city to purchase the Pulse nightclub and create a permanent memorial for the 49 people who were killed there during a June shooting.

Mayor Buddy Dyer mentioned the city’s interest during a radio interview that aired Aug. 3.

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Orange County Republicans support LGBT non-discrimination bill

By : Jeremy Williams
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Orange County mayor Teresa Jacobs, along with nearly two dozen Central Florida Republican leaders, signed a resolution pledging support for statewide legislation to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity July 28, according to The Orlando Political Observer.

The resolution was presented at the Orange County Republican Executive Committee Lincoln Day Dinner by Jacobs.

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Live coverage of the Republican National Convention DAY ONE

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Watermark Publishing Group is a member of the National Gay Media Association, a group of the leading LGBT newspaper publishers in the United States.

The Washington Blade, a member of the NGMA and D.C.’s LGBT newspaper, is providing coverage of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions for Watermark and our readers.

Photos by the Washington Blade’s Michael Key.

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Washington Democrats hold vigil for Pulse victims on one-month anniversary

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Washington (AP) – Dozens of Democratic lawmakers held a vigil on the House steps on July 12 to commemorate the one-month anniversary of the murders of 49 patrons of a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

They took turns addressing a small gathering of onlookers with pleas for equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, new laws to limit sales of assault weapons, and other gun control measures.

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