One year ago today, 49 people were killed in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Today, we take a look back at the tragedy with the help of YouTubers Justin Gerhard and Riyadh Khalaf.
In the video above, Justin and Riyadh visit the former Pulse nightclub to commemorate those who we lost one year ago, and look toward the future. Through their words and sentiments, the grim look-back becomes recontextualized in a way that offers hope for the future of the LGBTQ+ community in the United States and around the world.
Take some time today and consider how you can become an ally for the LGBTQ+ community. Under the looming shadow of Donald Trump, there’s never been a more important time to stand in support of LGBTQ+ rights.
Never forget this tragedy, but let’s all move forward together.