Gov. DeSantis orders flags at half-staff for Pulse Remembrance Day
There will be no crowds, nor mourners, but many people around the country will remember the anniversary of the Pulse massacre. Image via AP.

Gil Mendez
At the time, it was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has ordered flags at half-staff Sunday for Pulse Remembrance Day, honoring the 49 individuals who were murdered six years ago at an Orlando nightclub.

Pulse Remembrance Day commemorates what was at the time the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. On June 12, 2016, a shooter claiming allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq targeted members of the LGBTQ community by committing a mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, a gay-friendly club, during Pride Month.

In addition to the 49 killed, 53 were wounded, making it the deadliest incident of violence against the LGBTQ community in modern U.S. history. The proclamation calls the tragedy “one of the darkest moments in our state’s history.”

“The state of Florida will not tolerate hatred towards the LGBTQ and Hispanic community of any kind, and together we stand united against terrorism and hate of any kind,” the proclamation reads.

The proclamation directs flags to flown at half-staff at all local and state buildings, installations and grounds throughout Florida, and also asks residents to pause for a moment of silence at 9 a.m. Sunday.

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  • YYep

    June 11, 2022 at 12:33 pm

    Everyone crunching into phenox is a heat toll land no water

  • David Torgerson

    June 11, 2022 at 2:37 pm

    Sure, whatever Ron, and the T is silent, right?

  • Ian

    June 11, 2022 at 4:24 pm

    Someone needs to let the Governor’s office know that the Pulse terrorism had nothing to do with LGBTQ or Hispanic hatred. This has been known for years and was proven in court. See link below to Vox article from 2018.

  • DJS

    June 11, 2022 at 10:52 pm

    Yeah. Right. You want me to believe you’re not a homophobe, Ron? Rescind the “don’t say gay” law, *and* apologize for it.

    This is just posturing before his 2024 White House run, trying to pretend he’s not the evil hatebag that he actually is to try to pick up a few more independent voters that are otherwise out of reach.

    • Fandril

      June 12, 2022 at 3:01 pm

      The so called “don’t say gay law” actually bans only classroom instruction about gender identity and sexual orientation in K-3 when kids are not equipped with the experience to absorb any meaningful information on the biology of sex, the occurance of gender dysphoria and issues behind transition surgery. They are no equipped to understand pre-natal genetic contributions to dysphoria versus nurture components and are easy prey for psuedoscientific indoctrination by gender studies types who do not accurately portray the current science behind the issue. Adults should be able to transition if they desire and that is great but young kids are not equipped to deal with the issue critically and would be easy prey for bad faith actors. The neutral bill is equally a “dont say straight” as it is a ‘dont say gay” bill and a “dont say cis” as it is “dont say trans”. The activist class has regurgitated essential slander by calling it don’t say gay to avoid the real discussions about the suitability of this pseudoscientific feel good garble about gender fluidity which will only confuse kids not equipped with the proper science education to understand what is gender studies bullshit and what is real science.

      • DJS

        June 12, 2022 at 6:05 pm

        Funny how you label gender studies as ‘pseudoscience’. That’s really all I need to know to simply and completely discount your opinion, as it is by definition not well formed.

      • JAF

        June 12, 2022 at 8:02 pm

        All that sounds wonderful until you know who came up with the bill. Then it’s laughable. To my knowledge there are no K-3 teachers teaching a class on those issues. The teachers are however fielding questions from inquisitive children. Now they have to carry AR-15’s and a list of No Sayum words. And when you get right down to it, is it really the Governors job to decide what is taught in schools.

  • Lara Marks

    June 12, 2022 at 7:59 pm

    Is this a joke? Desantis has his nerve trying to pander to the LGBTQ community after calling us pedophile groomers. The hypocrisy is is an overwhelming stench from the GQP. Beyond deplorable.

  • Sonja Fitch

    June 13, 2022 at 5:19 am

    Desantis ain’t fooling anyone anybody with common sense and common good! Vote Desantis out! It is time for REAL American politicians!

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