In June 2016, a mass shooting occurred at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The attack, which was intended to target the LGBTQ community, left 49 dead, 53 injured, and millions more grieving. With Pride Month beginning soon and it being one year since the deadly shooting, you may be wondering how to honor the Orlando nightclub shooting victims during Pride Month.
Though the month is generally intended for celebration, it is also meant to raise awareness that things are far from equal. By honoring and remembering victims of violence against LGBTQ community — especially the Orlando nightclub shooting victims — you are showing that the fight against hatred and discrimination is far from over.
There are many ways, large and small, that you can honor the victims of the Orlando shooting during Pride Month. Between attending vigils, participating in planned events, advocating on the community's behalf, the options are endless. It can be difficult to know exactly what is the right response when it comes to memorials and remembrances, especially if those you're remembering weren't people close to you. Here are a few relatively small ways that you can mindfully honor those who lost their lives the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting.