–Omar Mateen acted alone in shooting over 100 people at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida at 2am Sunday morning
–Omar had a 3 hour standoff with police, and was eventually shot dead
–50 were killed, 53 were injured
–this is the worst mass shooting America has seen
–police say Omar was organized and well prepared
–he was armed with an assault rifle, a handgun and an unspecified “device”
things to remember.
–it was latin night last night at Pulse
–the night was being hosted by trans women of color
-do not erase the fact that this was a hate crime against people in the lgbt+ community
-be respectful to the families affected by this tragedy
-some people could have been outed if they were killed or injured
–Omar’s father has stated that Omar was indeed homophobic and became angry after seeing two men kissing
–this shooting had nothing to do with religion
-support everyone in this time of need. please
-there have been threats on other places such as the LA pride parade. please be careful.
what can i do to help?
–blood banks in Orlando are at capacity – if you wish to donate, schedule an appointment for later this week
–when the blood banks are no longer full, they will need O-, O+, and AB plasma
–donors must be over the age of 16, healthy, and weigh over 100 pounds
–here is a check-in page to help people locate friends and family
-family hotline: 407-246-4357
-for emergency blood donations:
Orlando West Michigan Donor Center
345 W Michigan Street, Ste. 106, Orlando, FL 32806
Orlando Main Donor Center
8669 Commodity Circle, Orlando, FL 32819
Oviedo Donor Center
1954 W. State Road 426, Oviedo, FL 32765
Asbury United Methodist Church
220 West Horatio Ave.
Maitland, FL 32751
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
4851 S. Apopka Vineland Rd.
Orlando, FL 32819
1491 East State Rd. 434
Winter Springs, FL 32708
-there is a gofundme now set up for the victims and their families
-you can donate to Orlando hospitals here
-The Center is an lgbt+ organization and is accepting donations here
-Orlando Youth Alliance is and lgbt+ organization and is accepting donations here
–how to contact representatives about gun control
if you need to talk.
–The Trevor Project: always open, for lgbt+ youth. call them at 1-866-488-7386.
–Trans Lifeline: for transgender people. call them at US: (877) 565-8860 or
Canada: (877) 330-6366
–Scarleteen: text them at (206) 866-2279
to the lgbt+ community: i love you so much. i am here for you. you deserve to live. stay strong. stay safe.