Remember the dead of the Pulse, Orlando shooting

I was wake at in the early hours of the morning of June 13 (local time) when I heard about the shooting at the Pulse Gay Nightclub. My e-mail was the first my Auntie living in small town, MA heard about it.  It hit me hard. I’m bisexual or if you recognise the term pansexual. I’ve been going through a grieving process about it. Sadness, scared feeling targeted, anger in that “Fuck you homophobes” way. Our clubs, bookstores and bars are meant to be safe places in a life where you can’t count on your family of blood respecting your gender or sexually.

The painting is called “Remember Pulse, Orlando shooting, 2016”. The  burgundy paint looks very much like dried blood smeared over the Gay Pride flag. There are 49 gold splodges of paint one for each of person who died at Pulse. They went there to dance but instead they died. One of the many moving stories from the night is the mother who pushed her adult son down protecting him with her own body, She died, he didn’t.

Reactions among the LGBTIA community have varied. A middle aged dyke wrote this was never meant to happen to you A number of people have come out because of the anger reactions. Others are more afraid of public displays of affection because they feel targeted. I’ve been out to my family and friends for years.  This isn’t my first artwork that uses the Pride flag. My anger has made me want to be more visible. I ordered a rainbow necklace the day after, I’m thinking of making one of glass beads. I’m also thinking of buying a couple of t-shirts. My health is such I’ve only marched once in the Midsumma Pride, which is the one for Melbourne. But I want to be visible every single day.

At the end the most import thing is to remember the dead. Therefore here are their names.

Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old
Amanda Alvear, 25 years old
Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old
Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 years old
Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old
Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old
Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 years old
Juan Chavez Martinez, 25 years old
Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old
Cory James Connell, 21 years old
Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old
Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old
Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old
Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old
Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old
Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old
Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old
Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old
Frank Hernandez, 27 years old
Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old
Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old
Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old
Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old
Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, 25 years old
Christopher “Drew” Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old
Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old
Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 years old
Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old
KJ Morris, 37 years old
Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old
Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25 years old
Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old
Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old
Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old
Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old
Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 years old
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old
Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 years old
Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24 years old
Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old
Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old
Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old
Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 years old
Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old
Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old
Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old
Luis Daniel Lestat Wilson-Leon, 37 years old
Jerald “Jerry” Arthur Wright, 31 years old


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