Today, June 12, is the Pulse Night of Remembrance, an annual event memorializing the 49 lives claimed in the 2016 massacre at Orlando’s Pulse gay nightclub. In the two years following the deadly shooting, countless art installations, community gatherings, and memorial tributes have popped up around the country, paying homage to the lives lost that night and celebrating the resilience of the LGBTQ community.
Below, learn more about six events you can attend today to further that legacy.
Acts of Love and Kindness, Orlando, FL, and more
Event is ongoing; bells toll nationwide at noon (local time)
Organized by the One Orlando Alliance, a coalition of more than 30 LGBTQ organizations in Orlando, Acts of Love and Kindness is a digital activism movement. The campaign encourages members of the Orlando community and beyond to share their stories of giving back and spreading kindness with the hashtag #ActLoveGive. As part of the event, bells around the country will toll 49 times in unison to pay tribute to the 49 victims. More information here.
National Die-In Day, Washington, D.C., and more
— National Die-In Day (@NationalDieIn) May 23, 2018
Rally begins at 10:30am; die-in begins at noon
Activists in the nation’s capital are staging a die-in to memorialize the hundreds of lives lost to gun violence since the Pulse massacre—and to call for sensible gun reform. Though the main event is planned for D.C.’s National Mall, other die-ins are scheduled in cities nationwide, including New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Jacksonville, FL, and more. More information here.
Pulse’s “Twisted Tuesday” Show, New York, NY
Show begins at 6:45pm
Inspired by the Pulse nightclub’s popular “Twisted Tuesday” variety show, Gays Against Guns has organized a similar event to commemorate victims and fundraise for Orlando’s LGBTQ community. Drag performer Marti Gould Cummings will host the show at Henrietta Hudson, a popular gay hotspot in the West Village. More information here.
Memorial and Rally for Pulse, San Francisco, CA
Event begins at 6:30pm
LGBTQ advocates in San Francisco have organized a community gathering to honor victims of the Pulse massacre, and to call upon politicians to end the gun violence epidemic. Similar events at the heart of San Francisco’s Castro district were held during the immediate aftermath of the Pulse massacre on June 12, 2016, and again in 2017. More information here.
Annual Remembrance Ceremony, Orlando, FL
1 year. 11 months. #wewillnotlethatewin ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Stanley Almodovar III • Amanda Alvear • Oscar A Aracena-Montero • Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala • Antonio Davon Brown • Darryl Roman Burt II • Angel L. Candelario-Padro • Juan Chavez-Martinez • Luis Daniel Conde • Cory James Connell • Tevin Eugene Crosby • Deonka Deidra Drayton • Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez • Leroy Valentin Fernandez • Mercedez Marisol Flores • Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz • Juan Ramon Guerrero • Paul Terrell Henry • Frank Hernandez • Miguel Angel Honorato • Javier Jorge-Reyes • Jason Benjamin Josaphat • Eddie Jamoldroy Justice • Anthony Luis Laureano Disla • Christopher Andrew Leinonen • Alejandro Barrios Martinez • Brenda Lee Marquez McCool • Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez • Kimberly Morris • Akyra Monet Murray • Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo • Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez • Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera • Joel Rayon Paniagua • Jean Carlos Mendez Perez • Enrique L. Rios, Jr. • Jean C. Nieves Rodriguez • Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado • Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz • Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan • Edward Sotomayor Jr. • Shane Evan Tomlinson • Martin Benitez Torres • Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega • Juan P. Rivera Velazquez • Luis S. Vielma • Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez • Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon • Jerald Arthur Wright #onepulse #pulse #lgbt #lgbtq #orlando #orlandostrong #loveislove #orlandounited #gay #lesbian #bi #trans #queer
Ceremony begins at 7pm
The Orlando community’s annual memorial ceremony honors victims, survivors, and first responders in a public gathering at the ONEPulse Foundation’s Pulse Memorial. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs will be in attendance. More information here.
Pulse Candlelit Vigil, Washington, D.C.