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Remembering Pulse: A Night of Tragedy, A Call for Love, Joy and Freedom

Six years ago, on June 12th, 2016, the world watched in horror as a gunman opened fire in Pulse nightclub, a safe haven for the 2SLGBTQIA+ community in Orlando, Florida. Forty-nine beautiful lives were tragically lost, and countless others were forever impacted by the violence.

Today, at Advocacy Canada, we join the global chorus in remembering the victims of Pulse. We honour their memory by recommitting ourselves to the fight for a world where everyone feels safe to be themselves, free from fear and discrimination.

The Pulse shooting was a stark reminder of the vulnerability of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities. It was an attack on love, joy, and the freedom to exist. But in the face of tragedy, we saw an outpouring of love and support. People rallied around the victims and their families, offering comfort and displaying solidarity.

Here in Canada, we’ve made significant strides towards 2SLGBTQIA+ rights in recent years. However, the fight for equality is far from over. There are still communities that face discrimination, violence, and a lack of access to essential services.

Here are some ways we can honour the memory of Pulse and continue the fight for a more inclusive world:

  • Educate yourself and others about 2SLGBTQIA+ issues.
  • Challenge prejudice and discrimination whenever you see it.
  • Support 2SLGBTQIA+ organizations and initiatives.
  • Stand up for the rights of all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

By working together, we can create a world where the horrors of Pulse are never repeated. A world where everyone feels safe, respected, and valued, and a world where love, joy, and freedom can flourish.

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