As the gravity and grief of this past weekend’s hate crime sinks in, let us look to each other for solace and let us channel our grief, our sorrow, our rage and anger, into action so that we may reclaim hope, and honor our lost friends and family.
Now is a time to come together, across faiths, across identities, across distance, to celebrate in what makes us different and to celebrate in what we share. Join us at Q Center for the Thursday Pulse vigil co-hosted by Pride Northwest and Q Center. As our organizations come together, so too let our hearts and our resolve.
In Community, Love & Strength,
Stacey & Justin
In Memory Of:
Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34
Stanley Almodovar III, 23
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20
Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22
Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36
Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22
Luis S. Vielma, 22
Kimberly Morris, 37
Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30
Darryl Roman Burt II, 29
Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32
Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21
Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, 25
Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35
Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50
Amanda Alvear, 25
Martin Benitez Torres, 33
Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37
Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35
Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25
Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31
Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26
Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25
Miguel Angel Honorato, 30
Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40
Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32
Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19
Cory James Connell, 21
Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37
Luis Daniel Conde, 39
Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33
Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25
Jerald Arthur Wright, 31
Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25
Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25
Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24
Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27
Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33
Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49
Yilmary Rodriguez Sulivan, 24
Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32
Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28
Frank Hernandez, 27
Paul Terrell Henry, 41
Antonio Davon Brown, 29
Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24
Akyra Monet Murray, 18
Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25
MONEY: Donate Directly to the Orlando Victims’ Funds & The Orlando LGBT Center
There are two funds set up for the victims of the shooting-one started by Equality Florida and one by the Center.
Some of you have also asked how you could donate to the Center. If you’d like to do that, just go to their website and click on their “Donate” button.
BLOOD: Local Donations Save LGBTQIA+ Lives
**6/25 UPDATE** Future blood drives are being planned. Stay tuned by signing up for our newsletter via the home page.
From Bloodworks Northwest:
Our hearts go out to the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting and their friends and families. When the appeal for blood came from Orlando early Sunday morning, Bloodworks Northwest responded by sending more than 70 units of blood components to help treat those affected. While we have been notified that their immediate need for blood has been satisfied, we now need to rebuild our local inventory to ensure we can meet the needs of our community and have the ability to help during future crises. Please consider donating blood this week or next at Q Center-click here to sign-up. More details below.
From Q Center:
We chose to partner with Bloodworks Northwest for these reasons:
- The FDA restrictions on men who have sex with men are out of their hands and they understand the complexities that comes with it.
- They are family. Many of their staff identify as LGBTQ and we feel safe with them.
- They are advocates. Not only did they answer Orlando’s call for blood, but their President and CEO, Dr. James P. AuBuchon has been a proponent of lifting the ban for years.
4115 N. Mississippi Ave.
Portland, OR 97217
Thursday, June 16th
Time: 1pm to 7pm
Closed 3pm to 4pm
Blood Drive in Auditorium
Wednesday, June 22nd
Time: 12pm to 6pm
Closed 2pm to 3pm
Blood Drive in Auditorium
To make an appointment, click HERE or call 800-398-7888. Walk-ins also welcome!
Please spread the word and this email. If all spots fill up you can email Justin so that we can gauge interest in hosting a regular blood drive. You can also visit BloodworksNW.org to find a blood drive near you!
Bloodworks understands that the FDA’s policy as it stands excludes many who want to (and otherwise would) donate blood, particularly in the wake of the Orlando tragedy. Those with questions about the FDA’s MSM policy can contact the FDA directly. A stable blood supply is needed to support everyone in our community – as well as every other community throughout our country. Because of this, and in light of our current emergency blood shortage, we hope those who are unable to donate for whatever reason would consider encouraging to others to donate blood on their behalf. Click here to learn more about Bloodworks Northwest.
Below are several opportunities to be in community, be visible and supported, and to focus your energy and feelings into action (if that’s what you need).
- Wednesday 6/15: Celebrate our community at GLAPN’s Queer Heroes Ceremony.|
- Thursday 6/16: Please join us for a night of healing, love, and community. Together, we will mourn our family lost or injured at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. Come lend a hug, a handshake, or just a friendly ear to your friends and neighbors. We will be joined by Latino Pride, Black Pride, API Pride, members of the faith and other community leaders.
- Saturday 6/18: March in Trans Pride with Q Center.
- Sunday 6/19: March in the Parade w/Q Center at the front of the parade.
- Saturday 6/18 and Sunday 6/19: Volunteer with Pride North