TCAC holds vigil for Pulse Club shooting victims 5 years after massacre

Updated: Jun. 13, 2021 at 12:13 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Saturday, the Tallahassee Community Action Committee held a vigil for the 5th anniversary of the Pulse Club massacre which left 49 people dead and 50 others injured.

The attack on the LGBTQ+ and Hispanic community left some feeling in despair with the same feeling still lingering present day, but TCAC President Regina Joseph wants to use the emotion to fight for a better life.

The event looked to remember the lives lost while discussing ways to improve the lives of those in those communities.

“I hope people understand that this is a very mournful moment and it is a moment where we should reflect and dig into that sadness but at the same time, remember that the fight is not over,” said Joseph.

In a statement Friday, Governor Ron DeSantis called the massacre a “horrific act of terrorism against the LGBTQ+ and Hispanic communities, but some at Saturday’s event felt that the Governor’s June 2 decision to veto funding for mental health support for Pulse shooting survivors shows the LGBTQ+ community is being forgotten.

“It is obviously a very traumatic event and we can’t heal as a community if the Governor is continuing to discriminate against the gay, trans and queer folks who have been affected by this,” said an attendee.

“So this is important because we need to show that these people are being forgotten by her institutions, they are being forgotten by our leaders that we put into place and power,” added the attendee.

They also said this vigil is a memorial for those lost but also a reminder there’s more work to be done.

“It’s about showing everyone that we’re here, that we exist and that it’s not enough to just show advertisements with gay people and to show advertisements with trans people. You need to actually be doing the work to actually give us the equality that we deserve.”

It only takes one person to make a difference.

“I feel like one person can indeed do a little something to move the needle, the society needle to accept us, our lifestyles and ourselves,” said vigil attendee Amy Zukeran.

TCAC said they hope to continue to fight for legislation that includes equal rights for all people.

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