27 Orlando Memes & Tributes To Share To Honor The Lives Lost
One year ago, the Pulse nightclub in Orlando became the site of the deadliest mass shooting in American history. There were dozens of wonderful memes and tributes to Orlando erupting all over the internet Monday, and while they can't lessen the tragedy, they are a fitting way to remember those who lost their lives.
If you happen to be in Orlando, the city is putting on numerous tribute events in the form of gallery openings, volunteer events, and performances. But while the memes and art blossoming across Twitter may not be quite as grand, they do at least encompass a very broad range of feelings that the memory of the horrific shooting continues to draw out in people.
The sadness surrounding the Pulse shooting has in no way lessened. It is absolutely heartbreaking that a gunman came into a gay nightclub on Latino night and killed 49 people who were just out enjoying their lives in what was supposed to be the safest space possible. Instead of reeling, though, the LGBTQ community and its allies have rallied in support of the victims, and you can join into that. This anniversary is a good reminder of how important solidarity and camaraderie are, and now you can help to offer that.
2Simple And Straightforward
Just because it's been said before doesn't mean it should't be said again, and again, and again.
3Remember Their Names
Thinking about how these people should now be a year older never gets any easier.
8Orlando Rallies Around Its Own
This wasn't just a tragedy for the LGBT community or for the Latino community — it was a tragedy for everyone.
9Stonewall And Pulse, Together
If only Stonewall and Pulse didn't need honoring — but they do, so we will.
12Defiance And Light Against Terror
That rainbow has been through a lot, and it's not going to stop shining now.
13Ideas To Spread Kindness
All of these ideas came from the loved ones of the 49 victims, and they're things you can put into action every single day.
17A Show Of Strength And Beauty
When dealing with such a terrible loss, strength and beauty are two things that will help.
19Remember Their Joy
The way the victims lived, and the joyful spirit of that night, are so important to emphasize.
This picture so perfectly captures them as humans, gorgeous and happy — exactly the way we should celebrate their memories.
27The Most Important Message
Hate doesn't win. Love wins. Now, and always.
This is a jarring day, for so many reasons. Our hearts go out to the victims' loved ones, whose lives were so irreparably torn open on that day a year ago. The outpouring of tributes to the victims today reminds us of the important takeaway: love wins.