In an act of solidarity and remembrance ahead of Orlando Pride, a California-based chapter of PFLAG constructed a Pulse memorial quilt for the city’s LGBT community.
PFLAG Napa delivered the Orlando Pulse Memorial Quilt to PFLAG Orlando this October. It contains 49 squares, each of which memorializes one of the lives lost in the June 12 mass shooting.
“[Our members] wanted to do something, and they felt that this was a way they could remember the victims, and we could show our solidarity for a terrible tragedy that happened,” explained Rosemarie Vertullo, the president of PFLAG Napa. “Most of our members have children who are LGBTQ and it could have been one of our kids.”
When PFLAG Orlando president Judy Wood received the quilt, she remembers being moved to tears by the random act of kindness.
“There was a whole lot of love,” she remarked. “And I get goosebumps just thinking about it.”
Orlando held its annual Come Out with Pride festival this past Saturday, exactly five months after the horrific attack at Pulse.
Survivors and family members joined first responders, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, police chief John Mina and other dignitaries as the grand marshals of the Parade.
“The pain is easing, but I think we really haven’t had a whole community coming together,” said Come Out with Pride’s Jeff Prystajko. “Hopefully we want people at the end of the day to go home with some bit of joy, that they were glad they came.”
If the photos from the day are any indication, it seems like the 150,000 attendees left not only feeling joy, but also love, unity and strength.
Hi everyone, I'm Logo Correspondent @raymondbraun. After the horrific attack at Pulse nightclub earlier this year, I traveled with Logo to Orlando to hug my LGBTQ brothers, sisters, and community members, grieve this unthinkable loss for our community, and help ensure that LGBTQ stories were being centered in the aftermath of this unthinkable tragedy. It was one of the most moving and powerful experiences of my life. The community in Orlando rallied together in so many diverse and beautiful ways to honor the victims, survivors, and their loved ones. . Now, I'm back in Orlando for their much anticipated Pride weekend. The goal of Orlando Pride is to celebrate our diversity, honor those we lost, and heal Orlando by giving back. During times like these, it's more important than ever to come together as a community to support, celebrate, and uplift each other. I'm happy and honored to be in Orlando for Pride and I look forward to taking over Logo's Instagram today to share the experience with all of you! I love Orlando! ❤️ #OrlandoUnited #OrlandoPride
Love my The Venue family ❤️ Participating in the Pride Parade was probably one of the best moments of my life. All the love and positivity in the air. All the happiness and peace. All the smiles and cheers. I've never been surrounded by such positivity before. Thank you to everyone who made this possible, to everyone who came out and supported, and to everyone who couldn't make it but supported from the sidelines. I love you all so much and I can say that with the absolute upmost honesty. If you can, please make it out next year. You won't regret it! ❤️ #prideparade #orlandopride #TheVenue #Burlesque #thebarberfund #lgbt+ #love #celebrate #ally #allies #loveislove #spreadlove
h/t: USA Today