Remembering Orlando

"On June 12, 2016, a gunman killed 49 people and injured 53 others inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, United States. He was killed by Orlando police after a three-hour standoff. This event marks the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in the United States, and the deadliest incident of violence against LGBT people in the United States. Pulse was hosting a Latin Night and most of the victims were of Hispanic descent."

Pulse Orlando 49 Flores

49 Flores - Sorry We're Closed - Kelly Holohan

What a terribly sad day it was, I remember waking up to the devastating news of the shooting at Orlando's Pulse Night Club days before opening Adam's Nest in 2016 and watching on the news as gay men who had shown up to donate blood for the victims, were turned away.  

The following day I drove to NYC to attend an event on the Highline for Blood Equality in partnership with GMHC featuring Jordan Eagles' Blood Mirror work that I had participated in.  The goal of the project was to stop the discrimination against prospective blood donors and allow everyone an equal opportunity to donate blood.  It was an opportunity to communicate to the community the need to help lift the ban on blood donation from gay and bisexual men.  All the participants were on PrEP, had donated blood for Jordan's Blood Mirror work, and were interviewed and expressed their views through individual videos.

Blood Equality Adam Singer

It was a bewildering few days, and eerily timely; and has certainly impacted the direction the shop has taken.

Today "the big gun policy battles of the Obama years — over expanding background checks, and closing the so-called terror gap — have been shoved aside in Donald Trump’s Washington, where a major fight looms over the National Rifle Association’s top legislative priority: federal legislation that would create national reciprocity for concealed-carry licenses, requiring every state to accept the permits of the other 49, regardless of differences in standards for who is eligible to bring a hidden gun into public spaces." It is more important than ever we keep our attention focused on Washington and ensure we fight for gun reform so that we can stop such a senseless tragedy from ever occurring again.

Last year I watched as my neighbors at Womencrafts worked with Gays Against Guns and marched in honor of the victims; I knew I'd find a way to do something slightly naughty and on-brand; SHOOT LOADS NOT GUNS seemed perfect! 10% of the proceeds from the sale of our SHOOT LOADS NOT GUNS t-shirts and hats will be donated to GAG to help in their fight for sensible and meaningful gun reform.


On this day we remember 49 lives cut short:

  1. Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old
  2. Amanda Alvear, 25 years old
  3. Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old
  4. Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 years old
  5. Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old
  6. Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old
  7. Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 years old
  8. Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 years old
  9. Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old
  10. Cory James Connell, 21 years old
  11. Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old
  12. Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old
  13. Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old
  14. Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old
  15. Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old
  16. Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old
  17. Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old
  18. Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old
  19. Frank Hernandez, 27 years old
  20. Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old
  21. Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old
  22. Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old
  23. Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old
  24. Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25 years old
  25. Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old
  26. Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old
  27. Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 years old
  28. Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old
  29. Kimberly Morris, 37 years old
  30. Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old
  31. Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old
  32. Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25 years old
  33. Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old
  34. Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old
  35. Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old
  36. Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old
  37. Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 years old
  38. Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old
  39. Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 years old
  40. Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24 years old
  41. Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old
  42. Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old
  43. Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old
  44. Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 years old
  45. Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old
  46. Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old
  47. Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old
  48. Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old
  49. Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 years old

Pulse Orlando 49 Victims

These lives were taken in the midst of a Saturday night out to have a good time, in what all of us would have believed was a safe space, and we must ensure that we continue to fight for sensible gun laws in this country.  We cannot let tragedies like this continue.

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