Remembering Pulse One Year Later

One year ago, the nation woke up to learn that 49 young lives were violently taken from us in the deadliest mass shooting in American history. We are all still reeling from the massacre.

As we try to heal from the losses, LGBTQ people across the nation continue to face constant threat from those who attack who we are, where we come from, and how we worship. We must stand together to fight back and defend our right to be free and equal.

Much has happened since that early Sunday morning. Most of us didn’t think that we would find ourselves in the current political situation. The leadership in Washington has emboldened hate and xenophobia, and embraces narrow-minded ideas that directly affects the well-being of the most vulnerable members of our communities and the future of our planet.

We won’t give up. We are stronger than them and history is on our side. Seeing the thousands of people march for equality this past weekend gives me renewed hope.

So today, we remember not only the 49 lives lost in Orlando, but also the dozens of transgender women of color who have been murdered across the country, in addition to the thousands of LGBTQ youth who are victims of violence every day.

To honor each and every one of these lives, it’s our duty to remember all of these people and to recommit ourselves to the fight for full equality for future generations of LGBTQ people.

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Rebecca Rolfe