June 12, 2018
Two years ago today, family members and friends of 49 people were getting phone calls that their loved ones had been shot and killed inside Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Fla.
Forty-nine LGBTQ+ individuals fell victim to an active shooter that night — an act of violence that is still racking the queer community with grief and has incensed activists to question lawmakers since this shooting, and so many others, since.
Philly has deemed Tuesday, June 12 "Orlando United Day — A Day of Love and Kindness" to remember those 49.
In Washington, gun control activists organized a 12-minute die-in on Capitol Hill to push for stronger gun control laws — one second for every mass shooting since the Pulse attack.
Pro-gun control activists hosting their "die-in" in front of the Capitol. pic.twitter.com/aoCKrSfQbV— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) June 12, 2018
The hashtag #HonorThemWithAction was trending on Twitter among rally, protest and memorial participants. And Pulse and Parkland, Fla. school shooting survivors held a die-in at President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida this afternoon.
Justice will come for the victims of #Pulse and it won’t make it easier for those affected and it won’t be enough and it won’t make it hurt any less...— Cameron Kasky (@cameron_kasky) June 12, 2018
But it will mean something. It will be a glimmer of hope. It will show that our country is willing to take steps forward.
2 years ago today, 49 lives — mostly Latinx — were taken at #Pulse. It's the deadliest known incident of violence suffered by the LGBTQ community in US history, in a place many find to be an important refuge. We must #HonorThemWithAction against hate and gun violence. pic.twitter.com/BscM391JCF— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) June 12, 2018
There was an #HonorThemWithAction rally at Orlando City Hall, too.
Last night, hundreds of Philadelphians gathered at the Art Museum steps to take a stand against gun violence. They were calling the event #FillTheSteps. The rally was led by students from Parkway Center City Middle College, families who have lost family members and friends to gun violence and to survivors.
Students are taking turns to talk about how gun violence has affected their lives and the research they’re doing to learn more about what they can do to help.— Philly.com (@phillydotcom) June 11, 2018
Some have acknowledged their privilege and what they’re doing to aid communities affected by violence #FillTheSteps pic.twitter.com/foJFkdOPwI
Shout out to @NotesFromHeL who never lets us forget that while events like Parkland grab headlines, there is a constant drumbeat of gun violence impacting the lives of Philadelphians on a daily basis. And they are pushing back, too. Yesterday they came out to #FillTheSteps. pic.twitter.com/AWvt54kDc7— Scott Charles (@TheScottCharles) June 12, 2018