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49 KILLED. 53 INJURED. THE SENSELESS LOSS OF QUEER AND LATINX LIVES ON 12 JUNE 2016 IS ONE BOTH COMMUNITIES ARE STILL MOURNING. WE MAY NEVER FULLY UNDERSTAND HOW, OR WHY, THE TRAGEDY AT PULSE NIGHTCLUB CAME TO PASS. BUT WE CAN LEARN FROM IT

The dust has settled, but the scenes that unfolded at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub on 12 June 2016 are now seared into the consciousness of the Latinx and queer communities: 49 people killed, 53 injured. The full extent of the devastation is too monstrous to articulate, too painful to comprehend.

SOHO

While the live coverage of the tragedy was both haunting and distressing, the images broadcast around the globe the following day offered, if nothing else, a modicum of comfort.

Thousands gathered in central Orlando bearing candles and flowers in tribute to the victims. Thousands more took to the streets of Soho in London the evening after the attack — engulfed in a defiant and dignified silence, moved by a poignant performance from the London Gay Men’s Chorus. In Sydney, crowds stood outside the town hall, which was lit up in pink, while in Paris the Eiffel Tower beamed an iridescent rainbow across the Seine. From Edinburgh to San Francisco, New York to Tel Aviv, world landmarks across the planet were surrounded by mourners and emblazoned with the colours of pride.

It was a resolute, intrepid, impenetrable display of solidarity. The hope now is that such remarkable passion will continue throughout Pride season and help our communities to heal.

THE LGBT + COMMUNITY SPIRIT IS STILL STRONG

Son Of A Tutu, drag queen, London

As I watched the full magnitude of the tragedy unfold, I felt helpless, full of grief and shock. A dear friend and one of Earth’s angels, Jack Flavell, said to me, “We ought to do something." So, with those words ringing in my head, I reached out to the community, which unanimously rallied to help to make it the incredible event it turned out to be.

The day itself was a thousand times better than the organisers dared dream. The community stood together as one, in grief, respect, solidarity and with an uncompromising determination to let the world know that we will not cower regardless of from where the threat may come.

WORLDWIDE TRIBUTES SYDNEY

The way the community and its friends and sympathisers came together and acted in unity, breathed new life into us, the likes of which I hadn’t seen since the efforts to repeal Clause 28.

NEW YORK
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About Attitude

The Orlando attack is one of the most violent acts perpetrated against a gathered group of queer people in the West. Attitude presents a passionate analysis of the event, with guest writers from the Latin, Muslim, Christian, Black and Trans communities asking the question: What have we learned from Orlando? Elsewhere in this issue: Three years before Stonewall… there was the riot at Compton’s cafeteria in San Francisco. Attitude commemorates 50 years since the queer community fought back against an oppressive police force. 20 years of Girl Power. Spice Girl Emma Bunton recalls the highs and lows of life as part of the world’s most famous girl groups ever. Out gay Iraqi activist Amir Ashour on why he’ll never stop fighting for LGBT liberation in his homeland. Pop’s new sensation Shura on why she doesn’t want her music compartmentalized as a queer artist. Willam reveals why he has no love for RuPaul’s Drag Race.
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