Tag Archives: Orlando

ORLANDO: JMG Essay To Feature In New Play On Pulse Massacre, Show To Run At Orlando Fringe Festival

Playwright David Lee has incorporated my Pulse essay, Their Phones Kept Ringing, into a play selected to run at the Orlando Fringe Festival. Such an honor! Via press release: David Lee, recipient of the 2016 Orlando International Fringe Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award has created an original theatrical event that shares stories and experiences from the days, weeks and months following …

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Feds Grant $8.5M To Pulse Massacre Victims

Reuters reports: The victims of a mass shooting at a Florida nightclub in June 2016 will receive nearly $8.5 million for emotional and financial support for victims’ families, those wounded in the attack and responders, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Tuesday. In a statement, the department’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) said the funds would be granted …

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FLORIDA: Federal Court Revokes Bond For Wife Of Pulse Massacre Killer, She’s Now Remanded Until Trial

Courthouse News Service reports: The widow of the gunman who killed 49 people in an Orlando nightclub last June will remain behind bars while she awaits trial in Florida, according to a court order. Although a California magistrate judge earlier this month authorized Noor Salman’s release from an Alameda County jail on a $500,000 bond, a federal judge in Florida …

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Orlando Launches New City Flag Contest [VIDEO]

Calling all gay graphics designers. Via press release: Why a new flag? A flag is more than just a symbol, it is a source of civic pride that makes people feel more connected to their city. As the City of Orlando’s story continues to evolve, so does the need for a visual identity that is unique to Orlando. The contest …

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FBI Arrests Wife Of Pulse Nightclub Shooter

USA Today reports: The wife of Omar Mateen, the man who killed 49 people in a shooting rampage at an Orlando nightclub last June, was arrested Monday on a charge of obstructing justice, a federal law enforcement official told USA TODAY. Noor Salman was taken into custody by the FBI at her Northern California home. The law enforcement official, who …

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Pulse Victims Honored With Rose Parade Float [VIDEO]

The Advocate reports: Survivors of the Pulse massacre took center stage at the 128th Rose Parade. Victor Baez Febo and Isaiah Henderson waved to the cheering crowd Monday at the annual New Years Day celebration in Pasadena, Calif. They rode on a float commissioned by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and Impulse Group United, which honored the 49 victims and dozens …

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ORLANDO: Families Of Three Pulse Victims Sue Social Media Outlets For Helping To Radicalize The Shooter

The Orlando Sentinel reports: Family members of three men killed in the Pulse nightclub attack are suing Twitter, Facebook and Google, claiming that the social media companies allowed the so-called Islamic State to post propaganda and push its agenda. The suit was filed Monday in a federal court in eastern Michigan on behalf of the families of Tevin Crosby, 25; …

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ORLANDO: Pulse Nightclub Owner Declines To Sell After City Makes Offer To Create Permanent Memorial

The Orlando Sentinel reports: Barbara Poma, the owner of Pulse, said Monday that she does not plan to sell the nightclub to the city of Orlando. Mayor Buddy Dyer’s staff recently revealed that the city had negotiated a $2.25 million purchase price for the club, where 49 people were killed and dozens more were injured in a mass shooting June …

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FLORIDA: 150,000 Attend Orlando Pride [VIDEO]

Orlando’s ABC affiliate reports: More than 150,000 people gathered in downtown Orlando Saturday for the 12th annual Come Out with Pride festival, the first since the Pulse nightclub massacre five months ago. The event, which celebrates the LGBTQ+ community, began at noon and featured an afternoon parade through Thornton Park. Pulse employees and relatives of the slain served as parade …

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ORLANDO: City To Buy Pulse For Permanent Memorial

The Orlando Sentinel reports: The city of Orlando has reached a deal to buy the Pulse nightclub for $2.25 million and plans to eventually transform the site of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history into a memorial. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer told the Orlando Sentinel on Monday that the city won’t rush to change the club, once a mainstay …

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Mother Of Pulse Victim Stars In Pro-Hillary Ad: If You Love Somebody Gay, You Can’t Vote Trump [VIDEO]

Pink News recaps: A mother who lost her son in the Orlando Pulse massacre has spoken out ahead of the Presidential election. Christopher Leinonen died in the horrific attack in June, when a gunman opened fire in the Pulse gay club, killing 49 people and injuring 53. “Think about Christopher. He lost his right to vote. You still have the …

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Pulse Survivor Stars In Pro-Hillary Ad [VIDEO]

Via press release: Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, released a new digital ad in Florida: “Ricardo.” It features Ricardo Negron-Almodovar, an Orlando resident and survivor of the tragic June attack on the Pulse nightclub, who emphasizes the importance of voting to make real change. Today is …

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Orlando Pride Postponed Due To Hurricane Matthew

Orlando’s first post-Pulse pride celebration was postponed this morning due to the change in course of Hurricane Matthew, which is now expected to strike the Central Florida coast sometime tonight at Category 4 strength. From Orlando Pride’s Facebook page: Due to the incoming threat of Hurricane Matthew and the risk that it imposes to Central Florida, the organizers of Come …

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Orlando To Host College Football Championship Yanked From North Carolina Over Anti-LGBT Hate Law

Poetic justice. Yahoo Sports reports: The ACC officially has a new location for its football championship game. The conference announced Thursday morning that the game will move to Orlando’s Camping World Stadium. The move comes two weeks after the conference, following an NCAA decision, decided to move all of its championships outside of the state of North Carolina because of …

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FLORIDA: State Seeks $150K Fine From Security Company That Employed Pulse Massacre Shooter

The Tampa Bay Times reports: When Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen applied for a security job in 2007, he first had to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. The company that hired him, G4S, told the state that a doctor gave Mateen a clean bill of mental health. But after the June killings opened Mateen’s life to nationwide scrutiny, the doctor named …

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FLORIDA: Craig Jungwirth Appears Before Federal Judge, May Get Monday Release On Pretrial Bond

Orlando’s NBC affiliate reports: Craig Jungwirth, 50, who is facing federal charges of making an online threat to members of the gay community in a small South Florida town, will remain in custody through the weekend. That may change by Monday. In his first court appearance Thursday afternoon, Jungwirth’s attorney told federal Magistrate David Baker that he will ask for …

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FLORIDA: Craig Jungwirth Dodges Arraignment On Federal Terror Charge, Hospitalized For Chest Pain

Orlando’s ABC affiliate reports: A man linked to social media posts threatening a Pulse-style attack against the LGBT community will not face a judge in federal court Tuesday. According to the FBI, Craig Jungwirth, 50, was arrested at his Orlando home Saturday for a violating bond conditions in an unrelated pending misdemeanor case. Jungwirth’s court appearance was canceled after he …

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FLORIDA: Craig Jungwirth To Be Arraigned Today On Federal Terrorist Threat Charge, Faces Five Years

Orlando’s NBC affiliate reports: On Wednesday, FBI agents identified the address of Jungwirth’s mother, and found Craig Jungwirth walking on the street in the area of Citrus Chase Drive in the Bay Hill area. FBI and Orlando Police detectives talked to Jungwirth, who refused to read the printed Facebook statements, and denied making the threats. He would not speak further, …

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REPORT: Man Who Allegedly Made Terrorist Threats Against South Florida Gay Bars Arrested In Orlando UPDATE: Wilton Manors Police Chief Denies Report

JMG reader Richard tips us that Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Dean Trantalis just announced on his Facebook page that Craig Jungwirth, who is suspected of having made terrorist threats against Wilton Manors gay bars, has been apprehended in the Orlando area. See his message below. At this writing no further details are available. I’ll update this post shortly when more …

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Viceland Posts Full Gaycation Episode On Pulse [VIDEO]

The Daily Beast recaps: Ellen Page and Ian Daniel are at the home of an Orlando man named Eddie. It’s been five days since his friends Juan Guerrero and Christopher Andrew Leinonen were killed during a friend’s 21st birthday party at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, two of the 49 people killed during the worst incident of violence against LGBT people …

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