There will be a Pride Month Vigil tonight at 7 p.m. at Goodale Park to remember lives lost to anti-LGBTQ violence. It will mark the one-year anniversary of the Pulse shooting in Orlando, Florida.
You may remember where you were on June 12, 2016, or you may just remember that familiar feeling of checking your phone and seeing another news alert. If you weren’t awake around 2 or 3 a.m. that day, you likely woke up to the news that a gunman went into Pulse nightclub and opened fire on its patrons, who are predominantly LGBTQ. If you’re anything like me, you were probably refreshing your go-to news website and your Twitter feed every 15 minutes.
We would later find out the gunman’s name, Omar Mateen. The authorities would also confirm 49 deaths and many more injuries. The identities of those who died would reflect the patrons of the club in general — men and women of color, many of them Latinx.
The organizers ask that people bring candles, and there will be a semi-open mic — you should notify them about the general content of your speech beforehand via Facebook. Stay updated by checking the event page, where more details will be posted as they come.
To show further support for the LGBTQ community, you can attend the Columbus Pride Festival this weekend. It starts this Friday at 4 p.m., and the parade will be Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. Instead of having a Pride Grand Marshall this year, the parade will recognize LGBTQ refugees in Columbus who fled their countries to escape persecution as Community Honorees. The festival will offer food, entertainment, and an all-around good time. The 2017 Pride Guide has everything you need to know.
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