While the media has painted the Orlando’s Pulse Night Club massacre as the worse in American history, some historians have stated that this is an inaccurate statement. They cite Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890 when as many of 300—mostly unarmed—Lakota Sioux men, women, and children were killed at the hands of the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment.
Wake of Orlando Massacre.
Back To Eden Bakery co-owner John Blomgren, who released a public statement addressing the Orlando massacre earlier this week. Blomgren, who co-owns the bakery with his longtime partner, Garrett Jones, called the massacre a “watershed moment” in American history, one that, despite feelings of desperation, he believes marks a turning point in a country where violence feels like the norm. “You might ask yourself, when the world is as messed up and as complicated as it seemingly is, ‘I am only one person, what can I do?’ Well, the best I can come up with right now is to lean in to that shiny, happy future you have in mind for you and all your loved ones.”
Pride 41st Portland Festival
There are signs that businesses are going the ‘extra mile’ to support the LGBTI community in this event..
Vigils to honor the victims
Portland like many American cities (and cities world-wide) staged vigils to honour the victims.
Trinity Cathedral in Northwest Portland held a special eucharist on Wednesday evening, and the Q Center held a vigil and fundraiser on Thursday night.
Many Portland-area LGBT clubs and bars have come together to raise money to donate to Orlando’s LGBT Center as well. An Embers Avenue employee, Kalah, stated early on June 16 that they had raised over $4,000 and would be presenting it at the Q Center Vigil that evening.
The Morrison Bridge is also being lit in rainbow colors early this year. While usually the rainbow lights are reserved for Pride (which officially starts this year on June 17) Multnomah County lit them early to honor the victims.