Pulse Massacre

White House Slams Tomorrow’s “Disturbing” House Hearing On Bill To Legalize Anti-LGBT Discrimination

Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: Tuesday’s congressional hearing on a federal “religious freedom” bill that would enable anti-LGBT discrimination is “disturbing,” a White House spokesperson said Monday. Jeff Tiller, a White House spokesperson, made the remarks in response to an email request from the Washington Blade to comment on the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform’s controversial ...

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#SitInForThe49: Activists Launch 49-Hour Gun Control Protest At Marco Rubio’s Orlando Office

From the Florida Democratic Party: Orlando residents have begun a 49 hour sit-in at Marco Rubio’s office to demand an end to the Senator’s opposition to commonsense gun safety measures backed by more than 8 in 10 Floridians. The sit-in will take place from 10:00am today through 11:00am Wednesday, and is using the hashtag #SitInForThe49 to honor the 49 victims ...

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Teabagger House Rep Wants Sanctions Against Democrats For “Illegal” Gun Control Sit-In [VIDEO]

Rep. Tom McClintock, a member of the House Tea Party Caucus, wants Democrats sanctioned for their “illegal” sit-in in support of gun control. From the transcript of the clip below: “The Constitution provides that the House may sanction members for disorderly behavior and the members responsible for the events of June 22 and 23 must be called to account for ...

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Pop Superstars Release Orlando Tribute Single: J-Lo, Pink, RuPaul, Britney Spears, & More [AUDIO]

Billboard Magazine reports: Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, Jason Derulo, Meghan Trainor, Juanes, Pink, Mary J. Blige, Selena Gomez and Britney Spears are among 24 artists featured on a new recording to raise money for victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre. The all-star release, “Hands” — a charity single from Interscope Records with support from GLAAD — was conceived by hit ...

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Orlando Gay Chorus – You’ll Never Walk Alone [VIDEO]

The GALA Choruses Festival took place this weekend in Denver, where the hottest ticket was the performance by the Orlando Gay Chorus. Watch below as the they perform You’ll Never Walk Alone. Halfway through the song, conductor James Rode turned to the audience at the 2500-seat Ellie Caulkins Opera House and motioned for them to stand and join in. As ...

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FLORIDA: Orange County Cops & Firefighters Dance To Whitney In #KeepDancingOrlando Tribute [VIDEO]

MUST WATCH. Dancing cops, dancing horses, and even a dancing helicopter. Via ABC News: Weeks after three horrific tragedies hit the Orlando area, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department has found a way to keep the city’s spirits up. A video posted to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page begins with a mock press conference announcing an “important announcement by ...

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ILLINOIS: Gun Shop Cancels AR-15 Raffle Because Only Non-Profits Can Legally Conduct Such Contests

From the Chicago Tribune: A suburban Chicago gun shop has called off its controversial raffle of a semi-automatic rifle to raise money for the victims of the Orlando, Fla., mass shooting. The owners of Second Amendment Sports in McHenry said they canceled the raffle after questions were raised about the legality of the event. State law allows only nonprofit organizations ...

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Panti Bliss On Orlando And Homophobia [VIDEO]

JMG reader Gerard tips us to the below speech from legendary Irish activist Panti Bliss, who this week headlined ILGA-Europe’s Equality Gala in Brussels. Watch as Panti speaks stirringly about homophobia and the Orlando massacre. A key quote: “I’ve never been to Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, but that doesn’t matter because I know it like the back of my ...

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GOP CAVES: House To Vote On Gun Control Bill

The Hill reports: A week after Democrats staged a nearly 26-hour sit-in demanding a vote on gun control measures, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said the House will vote next week on legislation to block suspected terrorists from buying guns. In a conference call Thursday, Ryan told rank-and-file Republicans that the House will take up a terrorism package that will include ...

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ILLINOIS: Chicago-Area Gun Shop To Raffle Off AR-15 To Benefit Orlando Massacre Victims Shot By AR-15

From the Chicago Tribune: A suburban gun shop is conducting a raffle to benefit victims of the Orlando shooting massacre — and the prize is an AR-15 rifle. The semi-automatic weapon that Second Amendment Sports in McHenry plans to give away is similar to the gun used in the June 12 Orlando attack that killed 49 people and wounded dozens ...

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POLL: Support For Gun Control Surges After Orlando

Via Politico: More than half of registered voters support stricter gun laws in the United States, according to the latest results of a nationwide Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday that also found strong levels of support for background checks and for preventing people on government watch lists from purchasing guns. Regardless of their opinions on specific proposals, 54 percent of ...

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Hillary Pens Poignant Letter For Orlando’s LGBT Paper: We Must Stop America’s Epidemic Of Gun Violence

Here’s the full letter as sent this afternoon by the Clinton campaign: We know their names. Stanley. Amanda. Oscar. Rodolfo. Antonio. Darryl. Angel. Juan. Luis. Cory. Tevin. Deonka. Simon. Leroy. Mercedez. Peter. Juan. Paul. Frank. Miguel. Javier. Jason. Eddie. Anthony. Drew. Alejandro. Brenda. Gilberto. Kimberly. Akyra. Luis. Geraldo. Eric. Joel. Jean. Enrique. Jean. Xavier. Christopher. Yilmary. Edward. Shane. Martin. Jonathan. ...

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49 Celebrities Pay Tribute To The 49 Pulse Victims In Touching Clip Produced By Ryan Murphy [VIDEO]

You likely won’t see a line-up like this outside of the Oscars. Via press release: “The 49 heroes who lost their lives on June 12 were brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, friends and neighbors, boyfriends and girlfriends, husbands and wives. They were mostly young and mostly Latinx. But above all, they were human beings who were loved, and who ...

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GOP Rep. Steve King: Nobody Would Have Been Shot In Orlando If The Patrons All Had Guns [AUDIO]

Right Wing Watch has the transcript: “I look at this and I think, we have a constitutional right to keep and bear arms and the problem in Orlando at the Pulse was not a problem of the gun laws,” King said, criticizing efforts in Congress to bolster gun regulations after the shooting. “I mean, he followed all of them, the ...

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Lesbian Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan To GOP: You Loaded Those Bullets With Hatred [AUDIO]

Michaelangelo Signorile has interviewed openly lesbian Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan for the Huffington Post. Sheehan is justifiably furious about GOP politicians who refuse to support gun control legislation in the wake of the Pulse massacre. “Marco Rubio, the senator from Florida, walked on our blood-stained streets with people from the Hispanic community,” Sheehan observed of Rubio, who has been ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: GOP State Senate Candidate Asks If Pulse Massacre Victims Deserved To Die

From the Charlotte Observer: Did the victims of the Orlando gay nightclub shooting deserve to die? You’d think a candidate running for the North Carolina Senate would be among the last people to pose an incendiary question like that in a public forum. But Bob Diamond, a pharmacist and Mecklenburg GOP activist running for the District 37 seat held by ...

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Gay Against Guns Stage Die-In At NYC Pride

Bustle reports: LGBT activists who want stricter gun laws seized the day at New York City’s Pride March on Sunday, staging a “die in” on 5th Avenue to draw attention to anti-gay gun violence. But the ‘Gays Against Guns’ Pride demonstration was much more than a one-time thing. It was work of an entirely new advocacy group, founded in the ...

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Gays Against Guns To March In NYC Pride

From openly gay New York City Councilman Corey Johnson: I’d like to announce that I have invited Gays Against Guns, a new grassroots LGBT organization formed in the wake of the June 12 Orlando massacre, to march with our contingent on Sunday in the NYC Pride March. Gays Against Guns will partner with existing gun-control and LGBT groups to leverage ...

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Pulse Nightclub Owner To Lead NYC Pride Parade

From the New York Daily News: The owner of Pulse, the Orlando nightclub where 49 people were shot and killed by a crazed gunman, will ride on the lead float in this year’s NYC Pride March. Also, in memory of all those lost in the June 12 massacre, their names will be read, followed by a moment of silence, a ...

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FLORIDA: State Official Fired After Saying Orlando Is Full Of Ghetto Thugs And Should Be Leveled

Remember the Florida assistant state attorney who was suspended last week after his Facebook post calling for Orlando to be “leveled” because it’s full of “ghetto thugs”? Yeah, he’s been shitcanned. ABC News reports: At the time of his suspension, a spokeswoman for the State Attorney’s Office, Angela Starke, said Lewis’ post violated its social media policy. The spokeswomen said ...

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