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Pulse Night of Remembrance 2023: Date, History, Facts about LGBTQ

In a 9-1-1 call made immediately after he began firing, the perpetrator, Omar Mateen, pledged allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

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Pulse Night of Remembrance is a commemoration day observed annually in the United States on June 12th. On this date in 2016, a mass shooting at the homosexual nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Florida, resulted in 49 deaths and 53 injuries. This particular day, Pulse hosted “Latin Night,” a weekly Saturday evening event attended primarily by Latinos. When the horrific incident occurred at approximately 2:00 a.m., approximately 320 people were still inside the club, which was serving its final beverages.

The background of Pulse Night of Remembrance

In a 9-1-1 call made immediately after he began firing, the perpetrator, Omar Mateen, pledged allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. He attributed the attack to the U.S. assassination of Abu Waheeb in Iraq the previous month. The incident was classified as a terrorist act by FBI investigators.

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The preponderance of the victims were Latino, as Pulse was celebrating “Latin Night.” It was the deadliest single-gunman mass shooting in U.S. history until the 2017 Las Vegas massacre. In addition, it was the deadliest terrorist attack in the United States since September 11, 2001. The history of violence against L.G.B.T.Q. persons in the United States includes assaults on gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people. Those who experience such maltreatment are believed to be violating heteronormative conventions and gender and sexual role expectations.

Given the duration of the assaults, the L.G.B.T.Q. community’s history of violence is lengthy and violent. Since the 1969 Stonewall riots over a police assault on a homosexual bar, there have been many more allegations and incidents of violence against L.G.B.T.Q. individuals in the United States. In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, an arsonist torched the building rented by SisTers PGH, a transgender assistance centre managed by black and transgender individuals.

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One in four L.G.B.T.Q. individuals have been subjected to unfair treatment, forcing them to make noticeable adjustments to their daily lives.

Nearly one-fourth of LGBQ individuals have witnessed healthcare professionals making discriminatory remarks against them.

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Only half of the L.G.B.T.Q. community believes they can be honest with their entire family about their sexual orientation or gender identity.

In recent years, more than one in ten L.G.B.T.Q. individuals have experienced domestic violence at the hands of a partner.


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Arshiya Khan
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Arshiya Khan is a Commerce graduate who loves to write on general and trending topics.

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