~~June 19, 2016~~
One week ago today, I woke up to the awful news of another mass shooting.
As details were informed, it became evident that a terrible tragedy had occurred.
There are several reasons that this event touched to close to my heart.
I’m a proud member of the LGBT community.
I live in Orlando and the club is less than 30 minutes from home.
I’m a very proud Puerto Rican.
I was born and raised in the Island.
I’ve lived in Florida since 1999.
I’ve lived in an Orlando “suburb” since 2006.
I could’ve very easily been a frequent patron of that bar.
I have close friends who were.
However, there’s something that doesn’t sit totally right with me as the names and details of the victims became public.
I read an article which described that the majority of the victims were “coloured Americans”. Another spoke about Americans being gunned down.
Yet the fact that many were Puerto Ricans, who are American citizens, has been played down.
I would never intend to take away the important of those who were senselessly killed.
However, I strongly feel that his fact needs to be pointed out.
…. 23 of the 49 killed were Puerto Ricans.
After all, it WAS Latin night at the club.
Only that would have been reason enough for me to have been there!
“SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — From the first hours after the news of the Orlando massacre broke, in which a shooter killed 49 people and injured 53 others in an act of hatred of LGBTQ people, it was clear that most of the men and women who died that day were Latin Americans.
But it wouldn’t be for several more hours, after the majority of the victim’s names were confirmed, that it would become clear that most of the Latinas and Latinos were Puerto Rican — 23 of the 49 killed.”
As it appears in … full read/full credit”
Several Facebook Pages
Human Rights Campaign
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THE GALLERY …. “Faces humanize the Names …. Hits Home”!!
(Check the names out)
This was not just an attack on the LGTBQ community, this was an attack on the Latin American/Puerto Rican community as well. THAT is a fact I have not heard enough in the media … not the US nor the worldwide media.
Stay strong and proud my friends from across the pond, you have loads of friends in Europe and around the world.
My friend from Utrech, Netherlands
Thank you, Martin … you give me hope!
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~~In the arms of an angel~~
~~Uploaded on May 22, 2011~~
In the arms of an Angel fly away from here
From this dark, cold hotel room, and the endlessness that you fear
You are pulled from the wreckage of your silent reverie
You’re in the arms of an Angel; may you find some comfort here ….
We ALL are ONE!!