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The World Is Uniting With Orlando After Horrific Mass Shooting At Popular Gay Club

The world is coming together to condemn the tragic shooting that claimed 49 lives at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. At around 2 a.m. Sunday morning, a shooter carrying an AR-15 assault rifle entered Pulse Nightclub — during Latino Night — and opened fire on a crowd of more than 300 people. The shooter was later killed by police after a three-hour standoff. After the shooting, people took to social media to express their condolences to the families of victims and to stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community.


Mexican band Los Tigres Del Norte called for more love after the death of more than 20 LGBTQ Latinos.

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Although the motive for the shooting is not completely certain, the most widely accepted motive is that the shooter was incensed after seeing two men kissing in downtown Miami. The man’s father claims religion was not a motive.


Lin-Manuel Miranda not only used his social media to share his pain and call for love…

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He did the same with his Tony Awards acceptance speech.

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It’s hard not to get chills and tears when you hear him speak.


Gina Rodriguez gets that prayers are important, but she’s asking people to take action.

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Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling sent condolences to the family and friends of one victim, Luis Vielma, who worked on the Harry Potter ride at Universal Studios, Orlando.

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Singer AB Soto wants everyone to remember that it’s important to spread love.

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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Cuban-born Florida representative, is standing with others who are mourning.

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The people of Orlando came out in force with thousands lining up to donate blood for the victims.

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And in just one day, people from all over the world came together to donate almost $2 million for the families of victims.

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You can contribute too, here.


Vigils and memorials continues to take place all over the country. Here’s one from San Francisco:

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Stay strong, Orlando. The world stands with you against this hate.


READ: 50 Dead, 53 Injured In Gay Nightclub Shooting During Latin Night In Orlando

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A Fight Broke Out In A Florida Home Depot Parking Lot And You Can See The Coronavirus Spreading

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A Fight Broke Out In A Florida Home Depot Parking Lot And You Can See The Coronavirus Spreading

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There is one thing that will always deliver, even during a pandemic: fights. Even while the world is on lockdown and a virus is spreading, people can still find a way to get into a fight. This fight comes to you from a Home Depot in Florida.

A fight broke out at a Home Depot parking lot in Florida.

The fight took place at a Home Depot in Tampa and the fight itself is wild. Four men are in a melee and the more you watch it, the wilder it gets. First, you notice the wildly swinging paint cans. Paint is flying and you are all wondering how in the world the people hit with the paint cans are still standing. Then you realize that the pickup truck is in the splash zone. Next thing you know, one of the men is going after someone with a shovel. Yes. A shovel that you use to dig holes with. It truly is a wild ride and it has left the Internet wanting answers. Most of all, why?

If you come across it with no warning on Twitter, the video is a lot to process.

How did this fight start? Who threw the first punch? What is there to fight over in Home Depot? There are so many questions watching this fight. It can’t be possible that the best way for this fight to go off includes paint flying everywhere.

The guy with the shovel is the sleeper in this fight.

Everything is already so crazy that you aren’t sure what to take in first. Then, out of nowhere, a shovel rises straight into the air and all of your focus goes right to it. The man slams it down hard and it isn’t clear if he hit his intended target.

Some people, while not surprised, are still just done with Florida right now.

Florida has this reputation to always draw attention to itself and never for the right reasons. This fight in the time of Covid-19 is just the latest iteration of the Florida we have come to know. From politics to bizarre moments, Florida is a frontrunner in the race to be the wildest state.

On the other side, there are people who literally cannot wait until something like this comes out of Florida.

Social media is a crazy world. There are things happening on there that you would never believe would actually happen. Yet, social media is there to take the craziness of the world and serve it right up to you on a silver platter.

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Puerto Rico’s LGBTQ Community Is Under Attack And The Government Is Doing Little To Help

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Puerto Rico’s LGBTQ Community Is Under Attack And The Government Is Doing Little To Help

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The Coronavirus has shaken Puerto Rico as it’s faced more than 2,000 cases and 114 deaths. And this health pandemic has come amid the island’s ongoing recovery from a string of earthquakes and Hurricane Maria. But the island is also suffering from an epidemic of anti-LGBTQ violence.

In 2020 alone, there have been more than 10 murders of LGBTQ individuals – five of them have been trans women and authorities have solved only three of them. For many in the community, it’s a shock to see that the island is right back where they were ten years ago when the island suffered another rash of LGBTQ-targeted killings.

Hate crimes have risen amid the island’s struggle to contain the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Puerto Rico has been hit by an “epidemic of violence” with five transgender murders in two months.

Opposition lawmakers and campaigners called on the government to publicly acknowledge and investigate the violence, after the bodies of two trans women were found inside a charred car last week and another trans woman was killed in February. 

“Trans people are living in fear, they are terrified,” said Pedro Julio Serrano, spokesman for the Broad Committee for the Search for Equality, an LGBT+ rights advocacy group. 

“It’s as if they’ve opened hunting season against the LGBT+ community, and they’re hunting us, they’re looking for us and they are killing us,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Trans women have been particularly targeted in several gruesome attacks.

Out of the 10 deaths affecting the LGBTQ community, five of them have been trans women.

One woman was killed after being placed in a men’s prison after authorities refused to admit her to a women’s prison. There, she was beaten, tortured, raped and hanged. Her attackers have since been arrested and convicted.

Two trans women were shot and then burned alive in their vehicle. And then another trans women, Alexa, was brutally attacked after being followed by groups of social media trolls

”The killing of a person believed to be a transgender woman that has shocked and angered many in Puerto Rico is likely a hate crime,” Gov. Wanda Vázquez said Tuesday.

“Everything points to this being a hate crime, and that’s how it will be treated,” she said.

Homophobic rhetoric from politicians and religious leaders may have fuelled the bloodshed. 

The current Puerto Rican government has been embroiled in scandal after scandal and much of it has revolved around it’s obvious homophobic rhetoric. The government is working to roll back hard on protections, including adoption rights, hospital visitation, and abortion rights.

Puerto Rico’s leaders have also attempted to pass a ‘religious liberty’ bill that would legalize discrimination against the LGBTQ community.

When a government gives permission to discriminate, you’ll see the spike in violence like the island is seeing. If the government isn’t going to do anything to stop the violence and the police are less likely to investigate, society feels like it can literally get away with murder.

For many, the growing violence is a shock considering Puerto Rico has been making progress against homophobia and transphobia.

Just ten years ago, Puerto Rico suffered another rash of homophobic violence after eight gay and bi men were killed in the span of a couple of months. Their murders shocked much of the country and led to the progress that many borinqueños are proud of.

While many other Caribbean islands outlaw gay sex, the U.S. territory has introduced legal reforms, legalising same-sex marriage in 2015 and allowing trans people to change their gender on birth certificates in 2018.

In fact, Puerto Rico enacted legislation and protections that secured it’s spot at number 20 among the 55 U.S. states and territories when it comes to LGBTQ protections.