Wayne Elsey's Message
This month I would like to write my message in honor of the victims of the Orlando shooting, the worst in modern times, at Pulse. This touched our city, friends, family and work teams. I also know that this affected millions of people across the United States and around the world. They demonstrated their support and compassion with vigils in Sydney, Auckland, Barcelona, London, Cologne, Paris, Hong Kong and other places. Social media lit up in support of the victims, survivors and families of those who were at Pulse that fateful night.
My message today is simple. Hate will never win. Try as some terrible people might to destroy and kill, hate and the violence that stems from it will never conquer. The shooter, whom we should never name, thought he was making some sort of perverse and grand statement. He did not. Instead, the lives of the 49 people who were killed that fateful Sunday morning and the survivors of this tragedy sparked a dialogue of love, support and compassion to take place from Orlando, to Pakistan, France, Israel, Australia and countries on every continent. The victims’ faces, their stories and lives echoed through the week and beyond.
Pulse was founded as a sanctuary for the LGBT community in memory of Barbara Poma’s brother who died of HIV in 1991. Pulse honored her brother, John’s, spirit and his “pulse.” Today, her intent is to rebuild and honor the pulse of John and now the 49 people who died, the more than 50 who were injured and their families. Each of us can honor all of these lives by supporting and working toward a world of peace, tolerance, compassion and kindness.
The National Compassion Fund is giving 100 percent of the monies it receives for the victims of the Orlando shooting and their families. If you wish to learn more or contribute, you can do so by clicking here.