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This Group Is Remembering Orlando Victims In The Most Beautiful Way Possible

#KeepDancingOrlando49 beautiful souls were taken at Pulse, but their spirit dances on in all of us. Share this video. Upload your own. Donate to OneOrlando.org. #KeepDancingOrlando

Posted by Keep Dancing Orlando on Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Keep Dancing Orlando Remembers Pulse Victims By Dancing

The group Keep Dancing Orlando created this video of diverse Orlando residents getting jiggy all over the city to remember the “49 beautiful souls that were taken at Pulse.” With Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” playing in the background (already a tear-jerker), people let loose and werk it just about everywhere. People are dancing, jumping, singing and waving flags throughout the city, and the overall energy is super uplifting. This video hit so close for so many people, it even played at the funeral of Eddie Sotomayor, one of the Pulse victims.


The video invites viewers to dance and also donate to the foundation One Orlando, which benefits the victims of America’s largest mass shooting and their families. The group’s site encourages people to not surrender to hate, “Forty-nine beautiful souls were taken at Pulse, but their spirit dances on in all of us.”


Beautifully said ?.


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Older Florida Man Throws Fit About Having To Wear A Mask To The Local Walmart

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Older Florida Man Throws Fit About Having To Wear A Mask To The Local Walmart

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An older gentleman in Florida was captured on video freaking out because he was told that he had to wear a mask to enter the local Walmart. The facial mask has become a hot button issue as some people claim the best tool to defeat COVID-19 is infringing on their rights.

An older man is going viral after freaking out over a Walmart employee telling him he has to wear a mask.

There isn’t a lot of context about the video. However, one thing is clear, the older mand does not want to wear a mask. The video, taken in Orlando, shows an older man being confronted by an employee. The customer was attempting to enter the Walmart without wearing a mask.

The man, who is much smaller than the employee, did not want to hear it. Instead of following the rules and getting a mask, the man starts to physically assault the Walmart employee. At one moment in the video, the employee moves out of the way of the customer, who then fell to the floor in his rage.

Of course, people demanded the resolution of the video.

You can’t just post a video confrontation like that and just stop. The customer makes it into the store, likely because the employee did not want to get in trouble. However, the employees and other customers follow the unmasked man and demand that he leaves. He continues to fight back but it isn’t long that his face registers his defeat.

The man who refuses to wear a mask to protect public health starts to leave the store. On his way, he turns to the employee and yells some final, indistinguishable words.

The man lives in Orlando, where it is required for people to wear a mask when in a business.

The mayor of Orange County, Florida, which includes Orlando, mandated that people have to wear masks when they are in public. The mandate means that this man was supposed to be wearing a mask before entering the business.

Furthermore, many private businesses are requiring customers to wear masks when shopping. All businesses have a right to require customers to wear masks regardless of whether or not a city, county, or state requires it. It is no different than the no shoes, no shirt, no service policy.

The facial mask policy comes as Orange County, Florida is experiencing a COVID-19 spike.

Despite the state’s reopening, some restaurants in Orange County, Florida have had to close during this second spike. The restaurants were not ordered to do so. Instead, the companies took it up themselves to close and customers who had visited has tested positive.

Restaurants in Orange County, Florida have functioned at 50 percent capacity indoors since May 18.

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Four Years Later And The Grief Of The Pulse Nightclub Shooting Is Still Raw

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Four Years Later And The Grief Of The Pulse Nightclub Shooting Is Still Raw

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On June 12, 2016, a terrorist entered Pulse Nightclub with an automatic rifle. The gunman killed 49 people as they danced and celebrated life with friends and family. Four years later, the community continues to mourn the tragic loss of life during Pride Month.

It has been four years since the Pulse Nightclub shooting and the pain is still there for many.

The attack was a devastating reminder of the brutality still plaguing the LGBTQ+ community. The global LGBTQ+ community collectively grieved over the shooting and the loss of life. It struck fear into the hearts of LGBTQ+ people and their loved ones. It has been four years and that pain and fear still exist as the community continues to find ways forward.

The immediate action from the LGBTQ+ community was to join the growing battle against gun violence in the U.S.

“I remember dancing. I remember Juan’s goofy laugh. Drew’s long, gangly arm around my should as he said, ‘I wish we said I love you more.’ I remember we accidentally wore matching outfits and before I knew it it was 2 a.m.,” Brandon Wolf, a Pulse survivor said to Congress in 2019. “I can remember cold water from the faucet, a plastic cup teetering on the edge of the sink. I remember gunshots. Confusion. The rancid stench of blood and smoke. I remember the hair standing up on the back of my neck; my heart pounding as I crouched on the bathroom floor. I remember the face of terror on the faces of those people trapped in there with me; a panicked sprint to an open door. And I swear I can still hear every one of the 110 rounds that man pumped into the club.”

Wolf continues by talking about the confusion and desperation after as he tried to find his friends. How he had to call Juan’s family to let them know that he was dead. He talks about seeing his two best friends in caskets as a final reminder of the horrible nightmare he was living. Wolf then takes aim at the public health epidemic of gun violence that is devastated the country.

The Pulse survivor further called out President Donald Trump for emboldening this hate in America. Rather than unite the country to go together, Wolf argues that Trump has allowed for this kind of hate to go unimpeded and the ready access to guns has made this hate deadly.

People are sharing their stories and heartbreak on social media remembering the shooting.

Pulse Nightclub was an institution in Orlando for the LGBTQ+ community. Famous drag queens like Cynthia Lee Fontaine and Ginger Minj who live in Orlando have performed there. They have spoken of their own experience of hearing the news and trying to find out if their friends are okay.

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is calling for greater protection for LGBTQ+ people.

“Four years ago, as members of the LGBTQ+ community were gathered together for Latin Night at Pulse nightclub during Pride Month, a terrorist armed with a semi-automatic rifle opened fire,” reads a statement from Biden. “He killed 49 innocent people and injured many more — at the time, the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman. And still today, it remains the deadliest attack on the LGBTQ+ community in American history.”

“The inaction of Republican lawmakers to address the scourge of gun violence in America is unacceptable,” Biden wrote. “As President, I will continue standing with you to build a more equal, more inclusive United States, where every member of the LGBTQ+ community is safe and respected.”

The Pulse shooting is a reminder every Pride Month of the battle the LGBTQ+ community still fights.

Hate took 49 people away from their friends and families. It was and continues to be a hard moment for the LGBTQ+ community, especially the Latino LGBTQ+ community.

Continue to rest easy, angels.

Your lives will never be forgotten. We love you. We miss you. We will continue to fight for a world safe and free fro LGBTQ+ people.

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