Beulah Osueke was sleeping in the early-morning hours of June 12, 2016, when her phone pinged with a text message.
Locals will not have to travel to Orlando to honor the victims of last year’s shooting at Pulse Nightclub. The Orange County Regional History Center will open an exhibit June 12, one year after the event that claimed 49 lives at the Orlando LGBT club.
As queer Latinx people, we know all too well that there are few places that are safe for us. Latin nights at either a local neighborhood bar or a staple gay nightclub in Center City, or a house party with friends or a random gathering on a hot summer night sitting on the stoop at Fifth and Tioga, feel like solace.
The mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando happened just hours before Philadelphia Pride, a celebration that brings thousands of LGBTs to Penn’s Landing, many of whom continue the festivities in the Gayborhood afterwards.
On June 12, we will mark one year since the day that 49 LGBTQ, mostly Latinx, lives were taken by a homophobic (and likely closeted) gunman at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. While one year is enough time for family, friends and loved ones to have progressed through the grieving process to an extent, grief can last for many years, and certainly, the effects of trauma can have a lifelong presence. One year later, both the LGBTQ and the Latinx communities (and the intersection of such) share the burden of a collective trauma — and this comes as an additional layer to the various traumatic experiences across a lifetime associated with being LGBTQ and/or of color in this society.
In an innovative project that will increase access to health care for our clients, ActionAIDS will team with the Family Practice and Counseling Network to provide health care at our West Philadelphia office, 3901 Market St. Starting in January, this project marks the first time in ActionAIDS’ history that health-care services are provided to clients on site at one of our offices.
We are right in the middle of the holiday season and instead of feelings of joy and good tidings, you might be feeling down, overwhelmed and lonely. Check out these de-stressors to melt away anxiety and warm up to enjoy this holiday season.