Pride Center of Vermont Remembers LGBTQ Victims

Family members, friends and survivors of last year's pulse nightclub have been gathering where the horrifying terror attack unfolded a year ago Monday.

Pulse has remained closed since the attack, but the gates opened early this morning for a private ceremony.  At 2:02 a.m., the time the first shots rang out, the names of the 49 victims were read out loud. The nightclub is now being transformed into a permanent memorial.

The Pride Center of Vermont released a statement online saying,

Today marks one year after the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, Florida. This horrific attack was waged specifically against LGBTQIA people of color seeking sanctuary and a place to be themselves, two things that should be available to everyone. The massacre claimed 49 lives and left 53 injured, making it the deadliest attack on the LGBTQIA community in U.S. history. It is crucial to recognize the identities of the communities that were targeted in this attack because it allows us to see that this was not only born from homophobia, but of racism as well. Today provides an opportunity to remember the victims of the Pulse shooting and honor their legacy by continuing the efforts towards uprooting hatred, discrimination, and violence towards LGBTQIA individuals and people of color.

The SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program at the Pride Center of VT offers advocacy and support to LGBTQIA individuals who have experienced any type of violence, bias, or discrimination. If you or someone you know needs help- please reach out to our advocates at 802.863.0003 or safespace@pridecentervt.org. You can also report violence anonymously at bit.ly/reportvt. If you need support- please know that we’re here for you.

If you are able, we encourage you to consider participating in the #HonorThemWithAction Campaign, an effort lead by Equality Florida to honor the memory of the victims of the Pulse shooting. Opportunities to donate to the families of the victims, information on how to become a Pulse partner, and solidarity actions/event listings can all be found on the #HonorThemWithAction Campaign website, honorthemwithaction.org.

We also take the opportunity today to uplift the memory of a member of our own Vermont community, Amos Beede. Amos’ life was cut short by an act of brutal violence rooted in homophobia and transphobia, and he passed away on May 28, 2016. Both the Pulse massacre and the tragic loss of Amos Beede are examples of unchecked homophobia and transphobia that had deadly consequences. We will continue to fight for our community and provide opportunities for others to do so as well. Now more than ever is the time to come together and resist hatred, wherever and however it manifests. The violence has to stop.

Rest in Power

Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old

Amanda Alvear, 25 years old

Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old

Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 years old

Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old

Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old

Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 years old

Juan Chavez Martinez, 25 years old

Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old

Cory James Connell, 21 years old

Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old

Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old

Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old

Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old

Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old

Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old

Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old

Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old

Frank Hernandez, 27 years old

Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old

Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old

Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old

Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old

Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, 25 years old

Christopher “Drew” Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old

Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old

Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 years old

Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old

KJ Morris, 37 years old

Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old

Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old

Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25 years old

Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old

Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old

Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old

Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old

Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 years old

Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old

Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 years old

Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24 years old

Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old

Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old

Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old

Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 years old

Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old

Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old

Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old

Luis Daniel Lestat Wilson-Leon, 37 years old

Jerald “Jerry” Arthur Wright, 31 years old

Amos John Beede, 38 years old

 We see you. We honor you. We mourn for you. We fight for you.

 


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