Puerto Rico’s First LGBT Monument Honors Orlando Shooting Victims

Puerto Rico’s First LGBT Monument Honors Orlando Shooting Victims

Be first to like this.

San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín (above) unveiled the monument during the city’s June 26 LGBT Pride celebration. At the unveiling, she said:

“We must work together to eradicate discrimination and homophobia. We must raise our voice for justice, and the equality of each of us who are human. We must aspire to to have a country where everyone is equal, and no one is judged for who they love.”

The monument was originally intended to commemorate the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling which legalized same-sex marriage in Puerto Rico just last year, but the island state also added a plaque listing the names of the 23 Puerto Ricans killed in the June 12 mass-shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. The plaque includes the 26 other shooting victims and a quote from a speech made by Tony-award winning Puerto Rican playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda on the night of the shooting.

Miranda’s quote says, “This tribute to life strengthens our commitment to fight hate — the product of homophobia — with love and respect. Our slogan resounds in all our hearts: Love is love, is love, is love…”

The monument, which is located at San Juan’s Sixto Escobar Stadium, was paid for by $9,000 in taxpayer money.

Related Stories

Meet the Biggest Donor in History for Expanding LGBTQ Rights in America
Here Are 13 of the Naughtiest 'Big Brother' Nude Scenes From Around the World
From Coming Out To Holding A Protest, Here Are Five Gay Kisses That Made A Political Statement
Rock Hudson, Decades Later: Has Hollywood Made Any Progress Dealing With HIV?