Honor Them With Action Fund
On Sunday morning, June 12th 2016, our community was rocked by the Pulse massacre that claimed the lives of 49 people, mostly LGBTQ and Latinx young people. The horror unfolded in the middle of Pride month on Latin night at Pulse, a popular gathering place for young LGBTQ people of color.
In those early morning hours on June 12th, Equality Florida made two promises. The first was to do everything we could to take care of the survivors and the families left behind by this heinous act of hate, and to make sure every penny raised went directly to those most impacted by this terrible tragedy. With the help of GoFundMe and 120,000+ individuals around the world, we raised over $9.5 million dollars for the survivors and victims’ families. After disbursing the funds raised, we turned our full attention to the second promise - as we remember those who were taken from us, we promised to honor them with action. We cannot allow the Pulse massacre to be yet another national tragedy. This must be a national turning point that spurs us to new action.
Since Pulse, Equality Florida has focused our efforts on uprooting the anti-LGBTQ animosity that leads to harassment, discrimination and violence by changing the culture in schools. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the two most important factors contributing to the wellbeing of an LGBTQ young person are family acceptance and a supportive school environment. Equality Florida and our partners have invested deeply in launching a Safe and Healthy Schools Project to do everything we can to prevent bigotry from taking root in our young people’s hearts and minds.
And we also know that houses of worship shape the world young people grow up in. For too many of us, the deepest wounds were inflicted as we sat with our families in pews and heard a message from someone we trusted that we should not exist. In the aftermath of Pulse I know a number of faith leaders reached out and spoke up to take responsibility for making the world less safe for LGBTQ people. Many have pledged to speak out against anti-LGBTQ discrimination and violence.
We need you to join us. We need you to step up and speak out against all forms of violence, be they mass shootings, arson at mosques, vandalism at synagogues, and yes, even hateful words spoken from a pulpit, a pew, or over the dinner table. Join us at HonorThemWithAction.org. Also, every dollar raised on this campaign will go directly to our work of combatting the same anti-LGBTQ hatred and bigotry that caused the attack at Pulse.
We must ensure the lasting memorial of Pulse is the real change of uprooting hatred, discrimination, and violence of all kinds in our culture. Thank you for your compassion, your love, your support. But most of all, thank you for standing with us to combat hatred of all kinds and to take action each and every day to make the world different, better, and safer for all of us.
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Here are some photos highlighting what Equality Florida is doing to #HonorThemWithAction.
In the aftermath of the horrific Pulse massacre, Equality Florida promised to call out bigotry and discrimination of any kind. No action, large or small, will go unchecked. This image was from the August 2016 “Rally to End Hate” when Senator Marco Rubio headlined a conference hosted by notorious anti-LGBTQ extremists in Orlando just two months after the shooting.
Pictured is Equality Florida’s Director of Transgender Equality, Gina Duncan. Our initiative, TransAction Florida, is dedicated to achieving Transgender Equality in Florida through advocacy, education, and engagement.
At Equality Florida’s 2017 Lobby Days, we spoke with legislators about the importance of passing statewide LGBTQ protections so that no person is discriminated against for who they are or who they love.
Equality Florida is committed to addressing the epidemic of violence fueled by the normalization of hatred of LGBTQ people. We will continue to support common sense gun safety prevention measures and work to #DisarmHate.
Many faith leaders pledged to speak out against anti-LGBTQ discrimination and violence. We are inspired by the many who have joined us to #HonorThemWithAction and combat dangerous rhetoric and hate violence of all kinds.
Who are we?
Equality Florida is an organization that has been advocating for justice and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Florida since 1997. Gold rated by the leading charity ranking websites, we have spent nearly 20 years building our community’s strength to turn the tide on some of the worst anti-gay legislation and policy in the United States: Winning marriage in advance of the Supreme Court’s decision that was binding nationally; Passing dozens of city and county non-discrimination ordinances that protect more than 10 million Floridians; Enacting safe schools policies that have created welcoming and supportive environments for more than 2 million students; Shifting public opinion to help reverse the ban on gay adoption left by Anita Bryant’s gay-hating campaign in the 1970s. We have spent the last three months channeling direct support to Pulse victims and now are turning our attention to ridding our culture of the toxic dehumanization of LGBTQ people.
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The attack on Pulse changed how we see the fight for equality. If we are going to create a world where the next generation of LGBTQ folks are safe, we will have to uproot hatred, discrimination, and violence of all kinds in our culture.
Today, as we mark three years since Pulse, renew your commitment to honor the victims with action. Watch Equality Florida's remembrance video and use #HonorThemWithAction on social media to share what you’re doing to create change and end anti-LGBTQ bigotry.
If the legacy of Pulse is going to be one of equality for all, we need your help to #HonorThemWithAction.
Every time we stand up to hate, push back against bullying, and reject violence, we are honoring the 49 victims of Pulse with action. That mantra has guided every minute of our work since 2016 and we hope you will join us in the fight. Spread the message. Tell the world how you #HonorThemWithAction.
June 12, 2016 changed who we are as a community. Today, and every day, we honor the 49 with courage, honor them with strength, and honor them with action.
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Today, we’ve launched a video in remembrance of the victims and to renew our calls to #HonorThemWithAction.
Please take a few moments to watch it here: https://youtu.be/Ex11bP7HZQw
After watching, we hope you will consider donating to our #HonorThemWithAction campaign in support of our work to uproot hatred and create a culture of inclusion in our schools. The lasting legacy of Pulse must be one of real, long-lasting change that ensures LGBTQ Americans are free from discrimination and bigotry.
With your help, we can make the world safer and better for all.
Thank you for your continued love and support.
You weren't at Pulse.
You live hundreds, even thousands of miles away. You donated to the victims' fund and attended vigils. Your social media post uses the hashtag #HonorThemWithAction. You are sending thoughts and prayers and love to the families of those killed, to those wounded, and those who escaped whose injuries are not visible.
I just want to say you get to grieve for yourself too. For the sense of a sanctuary violated. For the reminder that progress has always meant dangerous backlash. For the terror you felt that it "could have been you." You get to grieve how helpless you felt all those miles away, for how inadequate every gesture felt from such a distance. You get to feel all that sadness. This was an act of terror specifically targeting the LGBTQ community in the midst of Pride Month on Latin Night. You were supposed to get that message. You get to respond to that personal threat with grief and anger for what was meant for you too.
Thank you for standing with us as we #HonorThemWithAction
And please remember, self-care & compassion for others is an important way to #HonorThemWithAction. If you or someone you know is struggling or needs support, you are not alone and there is still help available. Please call the Trevor Lifeline at 866-488-7386 or any of the lifelines below.
In the aftermath of the shooting, Equality Florida made two promises. The first was to do everything we could to take care of the survivors and the families left behind by this heinous act of hate and to make sure every penny raised went directly to those most impacted by this terrible tragedy. With the help of GoFundMe and 120,000+ generous individuals around the world, we raised over $9.5 million dollars for the survivors and victims’ families.
After distributing the funds raised, we turned our full attention to the second promise. As we remember those who were taken from us, we promised to #HonorThemWithAction.
Since Pulse, we have focused our efforts on uprooting the anti-LGBTQ animosity that leads to harassment, discrimination, and violence. Through our Safe & Healthy Schools Project, we seek to change the culture in schools to prevent bigotry from taking root in our young people’s hearts and minds.
Over the last two years, we’ve:
- Worked with 60 of Florida's 67 districts. Our original first-year goal alone was only 3-5.
- Delivered training to over 5,000 district staff members in the state. These staff members include principals, assistant principals, counselors, social workers, and school psychologists.
- Met with 21 school district superintendents. The visible support of the superintendent for this work ensures all schools in the county take part.
- Increased the number of districts that have an LGBTQ Critical Support Guide from 2 to 12. This guide is an essential manual for LGBTQ needs and resiliency.
- Increased the number of districts that have high school safe school liaisons from 2 to 7. These individuals can talk with our youth and their families and refer them to support in the community.
- Increased the number of districts that have a designated part-time or full-time LGBTQ District Coordinator from 3-11. This is crucial to ensuring support is consistent from school to school across the district.
Together we can shift the culture so that Florida’s school districts will adopt comprehensive, nationally recognized best practices for meeting the needs of LGBTQ students and in doing so build a model that can be replicated nationwide. But change starts with you.
On the two-year mark of the Pulse massacre, we hope you will consider donating to our #HonorThemWithAction campaign in remembrance of the victims and to help end anti-LGBTQ hatred and bigotry where it begins - in our schools.
Thank you for your continued love and support.
I donated to the GoFundMe causes for both the Pulse nightclub shooting and for the Majorie Stoneman Highschool shooting to help the victims and survivors with funeral and medical expense and to help the affected families and individuals with any medical expenses resulting. My donations were strictly a charitable humanitarian deed in keeping with my Christianity and overall sense of compassion. In no way do my donations indicate that I am opposed to law-abiding individuals being armed, even with firearms. Although I make humanitarian donations to such shooting victims I am and will remain a supporter of the NRA and the 2nd amendment to keep and bare arms. As soon as a madman with a gun enters a gun free zone he knows he is an immediate superman with nobody on the scene to stop him immediately.
Mike Silverstein, I am with the students all the way! No, they are not being highjacked by "the left." They are leading the way away from gun violence, political corruption, and fear of the gun lobby. I am following their lead. If it is radical to want to protect the lives of children, then so be it. Call me a radical for peace!
I was searching for information online to find the type of professional I would need before starting a go fund me to give money to a very large group of people in need. I'm aware the logistics are over my head and desire not to touch the money. One of the things I came across is information about y'all's success. I was hoping that someone had a few minutes to contact me and share general information please.
NOVEMBER. Register to vote now! https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote this is how we stop the insanity.
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I’m all for sensible gun control based on the facts, not emotions. Having said that this student march is being hijacked by the far left. Too bad the kids are now being used as tool of the radicals.