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~~June 28, 2016~~ 

A BEATING HEART

Orlando’s club Pulse owes its name and spirit to ‘loving brother’ who died from AIDS

Barbara Poma’s big brother taught her the necessities — how to apply her makeup, how to highlight her lush hair, how to be fabulously fashion forward.

To her, John was not gay, not just a politically-charged label.

He was, in her words, her “loving brother.”

As teens in the beachside town of Fort Lauderdale, nestled along Florida’s southeastern coast, John introduced her, at age 14, to his mysterious, dynamic world, a vibrant, sexy, underground realm that came alive overnight in bars and clubs. There, with John at her side, Barbara learned how to party — and love unconditionally — inside these spaces that were safe for all.

Then on Feb. 13, 1991, her brother died. He had battled for years with HIV, at a time when thousands of gay men were robbed of their lives in the height of the AIDS epidemic.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/06/13/more-than-just-another-gay-club-pulse-was-founded-in-her-brothers-memory-and-named-for-his-beating-heart/

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