In Memorian: The Pulse 49

It’s been a year since the US saw the largest mass shooting in American modern history, where 49 LGBT+ people were murdered and 53 injured by 29 year-old Omar Mateen at Pulse Nightclub, Orlando, FL.

Nurses, Disney staff, musicians, sons and daughters lost their lives in a night the LGBT community refuse to ever forget. As the world took to the streets in vigils of love and solidarity a year ago, today we remember the names of our community members taken cruelly. We’ll mourn, but we’ll stay strong for them too. Our flags are raised ever higher as we hold each other up.

Whether you’re out and proud, questioning, in the closet, we stand together as a community. Don’t let anyone take away your rights.

In memory of;


  • Stanley Almodovar III, age 23

  • Amanda Alvear, 25

  • Oscar A. Aracena-Montero, 26

  • Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33

  • Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21

  • Martin Benitez-Torres, 33

  • Antonio D. Brown, 30

  • Darryl R. Burt II, 29

  • Jonathan A. Camuy Vega, 24

  • Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28

  • Simon A. Carrillo Fernandez, 31

  • Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25

  • Luis D. Conde, 39

  • Cory J. Connell, 21

  • Tevin E. Crosby, 25

  • Franky J. Dejesus Velazquez, 50

  • Deonka D. Drayton, 32

  • Mercedez M. Flores, 26

  • Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22

  • Juan R. Guerrero, 22

  • Paul T. Henry, 41

  • Frank Hernandez, 27

  • Miguel A. Honorato, 30

  • Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40

  • Jason B. Josaphat, 19

  • Eddie J. Justice, 30

  • Anthony L. Laureano Disla, 25

  • Christopher A. Leinonen, 32

  • Brenda L. Marquez McCool, 49

  • Jean C. Mendez Perez, 35

  • Akyra Monet Murray, 18

  • Kimberly Morris, 37

  • Jean C. Nieves Rodriguez, 27

  • Luis O. Ocasio-Capo, 20

  • Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25

  • Eric I. Ortiz-Rivera, 36

  • Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32

  • Enrique L. Rios Jr., 25

  • Juan P. Rivera-Velazquez, 37

  • Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24

  • Christopher J. Sanfeliz, 24

  • Xavier E. Serrano Rosado, 35

  • Gilberto R. Silva Menendez, 25

  • Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34

  • Shane E. Tomlinson, 33

  • Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25

  • Luis S. Vielma, 22

  • Luis D. Wilson-Leon, 37

  • Jerald A. Wright, 31

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