- Spotify will soon let you block R. Kelly Monday 6:01 PM
- New Click to Pray app lets you pray with Pope Francis Monday 5:30 PM
- Social media influencer known for hiking in bikinis dead at 36 Monday 4:54 PM
- Trump posts altered pics on social media to make fingers look longer, report Monday 3:20 PM
- Twitch user banned after telling woman to ‘kill yourself’ during stream Monday 3:06 PM
- Facebook introduces ‘Community Actions’ tool to petition the government Monday 2:04 PM
- Sarah Sanders, NRA deliver truly misguided MLK tributes today Monday 12:58 PM
- MAGA teen who confronted Native elder says he ‘respects all races’ Monday 12:57 PM
- Popular YouTube channel in danger of disappearing because of copyright claims Monday 12:24 PM
- The Krassensteins’ Reddit AMA gets trolled off the internet Monday 12:08 PM
- No, Trump didn’t break open the Pizzagate scandal in 2011 Monday 11:23 AM
- Producer of anti-abortion film says Facebook refuses to run his ads Monday 10:58 AM
- Ja Rule thinks he was also a victim of Fyre Fest Monday 10:21 AM
- YouTube beef between RiceGum and H3H3 gets ugly—and personal Monday 10:02 AM
- ‘Fox & Friends’ accidentally airs obituary graphic for Ruth Bader Ginsburg Monday 9:40 AM
LGBT community offers support, services in wake of mass shooting at Florida gay bar
The Pulse club shooting is a tragic meeting between America’s problems with gun violence and homophobia.
While the FBI has not confirmed the shooter’s motive, many people are interpreting the attack as a homophobic hate crime. Speaking to local news, Orlando LGBT Center director Terry DeCarlo described the mass shooting as “an attack on the LGBT community.”
The Pulse shooting is a tragic meeting point between America’s long history of homophobia, and the nation’s ongoing struggle with gun violence. Along with demands for better gun control laws, LGBT celebrities and activists are asking people to respect Pulse’s status as a gay bar, rather than simply referring to it as a popular nightclub—as the New York Times did in its original report.
This may be one of the deadliest attacks on an LGBT space since the Upstairs Lounge arson attack in 1973, when a New Orleans gay bar was set on fire, killing 32 people.
June is Pride Month in the U.S., making this a particularly devastating blow. People are already sharing ways to support those affected by the shooting, such as donating blood, or donating money to Orlando’s LGBT Center or the LGBT youth support organization Zebra Coalition. The LGBT center is also offering counseling services to locals.
My thoughts and prayers are w my brothers and sisters who were at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub. RIP to those who lost their lives.
— ADAM LAMBERT (@adamlambert) June 12, 2016
Heartbroken about the shooting in Orlando. My prayers and thoughts are with you all in America. I pray for this world to change!
— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) June 12, 2016
Celebrities, activists, and allies have continued to speak out throughout Sunday, offering words of support and condolences for all affected by the tragedy.
Update 2:51pm CT, June 12: Additional LGBT organizations have issued public statement, including the Trans United Fund, Equality Florida, and National LGBTQ Task Force.
National LGBTQ Task Force
Trans United Fund
Crowdrise has additionally launched a fundraising campaign to benefit those injured in the shooting as well as the families of those who passed away. “Monies raised through this fundraiser will go towards helping with medicals bills and the funeral costs of the victims,” the We Stand With Pulse fund reads.
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested.