It’s been one year since the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. The shooting, which happened at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, left 49 people dead and 58 people wounded. In a way, it’s hard to believe that it’s been a full year since the shooting–it somehow feels like it’s been both, like, a month and an eternity since it happened–but, in the time that’s gone by, people are still trying to grapple with its consequences.
Progress has, in some ways, been made–plans are underway for a memorial for the victims of the shooting–but in other ways, things have regressed. We are no closer to an effective form of gun control that might have made this shooting harder to execute, and, since the shooting, a person who congratulated himself for “being right” about terrorism has become president of the United States. But this is a time to honor the people who were lost more than anything else–so, see how people are paying respect to the victims and survivors one year later here:
On the anniversary of Pulse let me just say loud and queer: don't you fucking dare use LGBTQ deaths to bolster your racism and Islamophobia.
— Philip Ellis (@Philip_Ellis) June 12, 2017
(One more time for the people in the back.)
For two seconds could y'all stop using the #PulseNightclub hashtag and the deaths of so many people to debate politics. Please.
— Basic Trans Boy? (@LocalBTB) June 11, 2017
A year later, and the loss and the shock still feels like just this morning.
Thinking about you today Orlando.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) June 12, 2017
Wise words from Ru!
— RuPaul's Drag Race (@RuPaulsDragRace) June 12, 2017
My commentary seems…redundant, here, so I’ll just let oyu look at the rest:
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) June 12, 2017
We will not let hate win. #PulseNightclub ?
— Matt Stout (@MattStout07) June 12, 2017
The incident at #PulseNightclub didn't put me back in a box, It empowered me to grow, be myself and challenge heteronormativity ✊??️?
— Wisco Homo (@Lux_ternity) June 12, 2017
— The Orlando Eye (@theorlandoeye) June 12, 2017
Survivors were on a float at the Boston Pride parade:
— Jonathan Choe (@choenbcboston) June 10, 2017
Have your thoughts on the Pulse shooting changed since it happened? Let us know in the comments.