Last weekend, in what has become the deadliest mass shooting by a lone gunman in U.S. history, 50 people were killed at a gay nightclub in Orlando.
It was just a year ago that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage and the streets of San Francisco rejoiced at its annual Pride Parade. Colorful banners streamed from balconies and the movement started in 1969 seemed to be coming full circle.
Today, tears and sadness spread throughout our nation as we mourn the loss of our fallen friends. It is times like these that not only define who we are as an individual, but also measures the strength of our country.
On June 26, San Francisco will host another Pride Parade and we plan to make it one of the biggest and best events of the year.
S.F. Pride recently released the following statements regarding this years event:
We have a giant hole in our hearts this morning as we learned of this act of terrorism and hate against the LGBT community. Our sympathies and thoughts go out to the victims, their families and friends, and to LGBT community in Orlando and around the World.Our Democracy is built upon the right of freedom of assembly, freedom of belief, and freedom of speech. A terrorist gunman filled with hate attacked the LGBT community in Orlando and took the lives our innocent men and women. The terrorist acted with cowardice and callousness toward people who were simply enjoying each other’s company.
President Obama was right in his statement: Orlando is an act of terror and hate. It is an especially heartbreaking day for those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. But this attack against the LGBT community—which has fought and won so many historic battles for civil rights—is an attack not only on our community, but on Democracy itself.
The most important think we can do now, as members of the LGBT community, as Americans, and as those that believe in freedom and the rule of law, is to continue to our plans for our 46th annual parade and celebration June 25 and 26 and let terrorists against our community, and Democracy, know that we will be unbowed and unbroken by this attack. We will continue on in the memory of those who gave their lives for freedom and civil rights.
With this year meaning more than ever to the LGBT community, the Purple Lotus wants to show its full support and help our community heal together. This is why we will not only be marching in this years parade, but we will also be extending the invitation to you, our patients!
Join us this year in the most important pride march since its beginning and be a part of history! Send us an email with your contact information and we will be sending you more information on when and where to meet with us this June 26.
Want to make a donation for the Orlando victims? Follow the link below to go to the GoFundMe.com page: