During the Five-Year Pulse Remembrance Week, which will take place from June 5 to June 12, 2021, a variety of community-wide activities are being held.
In 2016, the city of Orlando was changed forever by the shooting at Pulse nightclub. The loss of 49 souls from the LGBT and LatinX communities reverberated around the world. The way that Orlando and Central Florida came together as one community was something we’ll never forget either.
Here is the list of events planned for the week:
The Five-Year Pulse Remembrance Week begins on Saturday, June 5th with the 5th Annual 4.9K CommUNITY Rainbow Run, presented by Orlando Health and Hard Rock International in partnership with the UCF DeVos Sport Business Management Program.
To register and for more information, visit communityrainbowrun.com.
HÄOS on Church will host “Straight Men Real Makeup,” presented by Makeup and Creative Arts and Morphstore.com. Eight straight men will step out of their comfort zone and individually perform a choreographed routine to a song of their choice while dressed in full drag. Tickets start at $10 and are available at eventbrite.com.
One Orlando Alliance hosts “An Evening of Reflection and Promise,” at Dr. Phillips Center Frontyard Festival outdoor seating area. This evening will acknowledge the religious trauma carried by our LGBTQ+ community and create space to dream of a better future, of harm reduction, of greater understanding and inclusion.
The program will include a panel of LGBTQ+ persons sharing their personal experiences, music from the Orlando Gay Chorus, remarks from Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and other local leaders, and representation from a variety of local faith leaders.
This is free event with first come seating. Get more information at DrPhillipsCenter.org. In-person attendees are invited to bring a donation of non-perishable food to stock the pantry at The LGBT Center.
The Dr. Phillips Center Frontyard Festival will host “My Portraits of Pulse: An Orlando United Story.” In the wake of the tragedy, JD Casto, a professional photographer, would go on to capture thousands of images in the weeks and months to come. This is the story of Pulse as told through his eyes. This is a free first come, first seated event. Get more information at DrPhillipsCenter.org.
From 1-2 pm join “Central Florida Foundation Virtual Community Conversation: Pulse Remembrance” for a free community conversation to remember the Pulse tragedy. Special guests Josh Bell of One Orlando Alliance, Barbara Poma of onePULSE Foundation and Joél Junior Morales of the LGBT+ Center Orlando will join in to reflect and discuss what progress has been made to build a more inclusive community and what more can be done. Details can be found at cffound.org.
At 7pm, join St. Luke’s United Methodist Church for “Overcoming Barriers Between the Faith Community and LGBTQ Community.” The free conversation will be held in person and via zoom. Details can be found at stlukes.org.
From 6-8pm, The Center Orlando will host “Inhala Exhala’ – New Moon Yoga for Pulse Remembrance (5 Years After),” to practice restorative yoga as a way of channeling intentions, pausing to acknowledge emotions, and sow seeds of hope and transformation. It will be held in person and via Instagram at @qlatinx. Further details at thecenterorlando.org.
If yoga isn’t your thing, then dance from 7-10pm at “United We Dance” being held at HÄOS on Church, Hamburger Mary’s, and Pepe’s Cantina downtown. It will be a night of music and dance to honor the resilience of our community, the City Beautiful, Survivors, First Responders, and our 49. Visit haosonchurch.com for more information.
The final day will start at noon with the “49 Bells” at First United Methodist Church Orlando.
From 2-3pm, there will be a Pulse Remembrance by DeLand Pride. Gather at Abby Bar (117 N Woodland Blvd) aand then walk down to the corner of New York and Woodland to read the names of the Angels lost on the night of June 12, 2016 and honor all those affected by the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Signs and flags are encouraged.
The Remembrance Week concludes with the Five-Year Pulse Remembrance Ceremony, held from 7-8pm at the Pulse Interim Memorial for a limited, invitation-only audience of Pulse families, survivors, first responders and those participating in the live ceremony.
The general public can attend a live-stream viewing of the ceremony at Dr. Phillips Center’s Frontyard Festival outdoor seating area. This is a free first come, first seated event. Get more information at DrPhillipsCenter.org.
onePULSE Foundation will also make the ceremony accessible on its Facebook page and YouTube Channel.
For a list of other Pulse events not held during the week, visit onepulsefoundation.org.
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