Pulse Massacre

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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FBI: We Have Found Zero Evidence The Orlando Killer Was Gay Or Ever Used Any Gay Dating Apps

From the Los Angeles Times: Since the shooting at an Orlando nightclub last week that left 49 people dead, reports have emerged that gunman Omar Mateen frequented the gay club, used gay dating apps and had gay lovers. But the FBI has found no evidence so far to support claims by those who say Mateen had gay lovers or communicated ...

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BRITAIN: London Gay Men’s Chorus Releases Charity Single In Tribute To Victims Of Pulse Massacre [VIDEO]

From the Guardian: A British gay men’s choir is to release a cover of Bridge Over Troubled Water for victims of the Orlando shooting. The London Gay Men’s Chorus (LGMC) will release its version of Simon & Garfunkel’s hit on Friday, with proceeds to be split equally between the Pulse Victims Fund, organised by Equality Florida, and Galop, a London-­based ...

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200 Pop Stars To Congress: End Gun Violence Now

A coalition of 200 top-selling recording artists and entertainers have signed onto a letter calling on Congress to act on gun violence. From Billboard: As leading artists and executives in the music industry, we are adding our voices to the chorus of Americans demanding change. Music always has been celebrated communally, on dancefloors and at concert halls. But this life-affirming ...

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House Democrats End Gun Control Sit-In

From USA Today: House Democrats ended their sit-in on the floor of the House after more than 24-hours of chants and speeches advocating for stricter gun control measures. Speaker Paul Ryan excoriated Democrats Thursday morning for disrupting the business of the House as the minority party’s sit-in to protest inaction on gun violence moved into its second day. Some Democrats ...

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#RestInPride Campaign Honors Pulse Victims [VIDEO]

Via press release: With the recent tragedy of 49 innocent lives lost at the LGBT nightclub, Pulse, in Orlando, FL on June 12, 2016, the global community was left to mourn those unjustly taken by hate. As we continue to grieve in the wake of the Orlando tragedy, it is important to confront hate face-to-face and let the LGBT community ...

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TONIGHT: Pulse To Hold Latin Night Block Party

NPR reports: The owner of Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, where 49 clubgoers were shot and killed on June 12, says she and her staff will host a “Latin Night” street party on Thursday. “We need to show that we are strong, that Pulse continues and that we appreciate all the help the community has shown us,” said Barbara Poma in a ...

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British Poet Laureate Says “God Is Gay” In Pulse Poem

Pink News reports: Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy has declared that “our children are gay and God is gay” – in a poem released in the wake of the Orlando massacre. Duffy was appointed as Britain’s Poet Laureate in 2009, and is the first ever openly LGB person to hold the esteemed traditional role. The Poet Laureate is expected to ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Chaos In US House As Democrats Continue To Demand Vote On Gun Control

The Hill reports: Dozens of Democratic lawmakers have been holding a day-long sit-in on the House floor to force a vote on gun control bills. Republicans met a short while ago to hatch a plan aimed at seizing control of the chamber and end the sit-in. Watch live as the sit-in enters what may be its dramatic final hours. #house ...

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ORLANDO: Tim Tebow Visits Former High School Teammate Wounded During Pulse Shooting

From the Orlando Sentinel: Tim Tebow visited former high school teammate Rodney Sumter, who was wounded during the Pulse nightclub shooting and is recovering at Orlando Regional Medical Center. Tebow and Sumter played together at Ponte Vedra Beach Nease High. A post on Sumter’s Instagram account Tuesday featuring a picture with Tebow read, “My high school quarterback left the Bahamas ...

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BREAKING: House Democrats “Occupy” Chamber With Sit-In To Force Vote On Gun Control [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: House Democrats led by Civil Rights veteran Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, are in the midst of a sit-in on the chamber floor to try and force a vote on gun control. “Now is the time for us to find a way to dramatize it, to make it real,” Lewis said. “We have to occupy the floor of ...

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YouTube Responds To Orlando Massacre With #ProudToBe Campaign: Share Your Identity [VIDEO]

Over five million views in one day. From the clip description: From commemorating Pride parades to opening up about transitions and explaining the ABCs of LGBT, YouTube is a place where anyone can belong no matter who they are or who they love. That is why today we want to help people honor and celebrate who they’re #ProudToBe. Now, more ...

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SACRAMENTO: Landlord Asks Hate Church To Leave

From Sacramento’s ABC affiliate: The property management company and owner of the building in which Verity Baptist Church and its Pastor Roger Jimenez preside have decided not to renew the church’s lease, and have asked church officials to consider moving. While Harsch Investment Properties, owner of the Northgate Business Park where the church is located, cannot legally evict the church ...

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ORLANDO: Sobbing Son Pays Tribute To Mother Who Shielded Him From Pulse Killer’s Bullets [VIDEO]

NOTE: The video of this funeral may feel intrusive to some, but it was broadcast live in Orlando with the agreement of the victim’s family. ABC News reports: Brenda Lee Marquez-McCool was dancing with her son Isaiah Henderson at Pulse nightclub when shots rang out over the blaring music. Instead of running away, she threw herself on her son, shielding ...

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