Pulse Massacre

Sen. Marco Rubio: My Keynote Address For The Liberty Counsel Is Nothing But A Celebration Of Faith

Next week Sen. Marco Rubio will keynote an Orlando event hosted by the extremist anti-LGBT Liberty Counsel. The event falls two months to the day after the Pulse Massacre, about which Rubio cried crocodile tears of faux solidarity before declaring that the attack convinced him to run for reelection after all. The Tampa Bay Times asked Rubio how he reconciles ...

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Pulse To Reopen As Memorial… UPDATE: Or Not?

IMPORTANT UPDATE BELOW. Earlier….. Entertainment Weekly reports: Orlando’s Pulse nightclub will reopen as a memorial for the 49 people killed at the venue in the June 12 mass shooting, its owners announced via Facebook Sunday night. The news was shared on the onePULSE foundation page, a nonprofit established in the aftermath of the attack to “provide financial assistance to the ...

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Mother Of Pulse Massacre Victim Delivers Tearful Plea For Gun Control At Democratic Convention [VIDEO]

Rolling Stone reports: On Wednesday, Christine Leinonen gave one of the most moving, heartwrenching speeches at the Democratic National Convention thus far. The mother of Christopher “Drew” Leinonen, one of the 49 shooting victims killed by Omar Mateen after he opened fire in Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, appeared at the DNC to speak of the loss of her only child ...

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ORLANDO: Local Boy Scouts Hold Moving Flag Removal Ceremony At Site Of Pulse Massacre Memorial

From the Orlando Sentinel: Michelangelo Dominguez’s mother watched with pride Monday morning as the 13-year-old and other Boy Scouts picked hundreds of weathered American flags from the lawn outside the Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando. He helped collect mini-flagpoles stuck in the dirt around wet teddy bears and melted candles left for the 49 victims killed more than a month ...

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HANDS: Pulse Survivors And YouTube Stars Join For Song Benefiting Orlando Massacre Victims [VIDEO]

Via Billboard Magazine: On Tuesday, GLAAD, in cooperation with Interscope Records, released a lyric video for the single “Hands,” which benefits the victims and families affected by the Orlando mass shooting. “Hands” — which was released July 5 — tells the story of the power held in one’s hands: “They can break the world/ They can change it too.” The single ...

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My Latest Pride Life Column: Their Phones Kept Ringing

My latest column has been posted to the website of Britain’s Pride Life Magazine, where instead of my usual recap on the state of LGBT rights in America, I’ve written about today’s one month anniversary of the Pulse Massacre and how June 12th went for me. As many of you know, I’m from Orlando and today’s piece is in response ...

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ORLANDO: Ten Arrested At Marco Rubio Sit-In

From the Associated Press: Police arrested 10 protesters who were holding a sit-in Monday in the lobby of the building where U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio has his Orlando office on the month anniversary of a massacre at a gay nightclub. The protesters were arrested on misdemeanor trespass charges when the building closed to the public Monday evening, at the request ...

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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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