In the three years since the [Pulse] attack, Americans in general and the LGBTQ community in particular have responded in various ways, attempting to make the community safer, more accepted and more prepared in the event of other, similar attacks.
Rev. Dr. Nancy Ledins, 84, died during the week of July 16 and was a member of Wedgewood Church, the Charlotte Pride Band will perform at the Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade on Aug. 26-27 and has extended an invitation to musicians to join them and The iconic Tony Award-winning and Pulitzer Prize recipient “Rent” will be making its Queen City run from Sept. 26-Oct. 1 at the Blumenthal Arts Belk Theatre.
When Charlotte held its candlelight vigil for Orlando last year, I went by myself. As usual, I lied to family where I was going for the night and made sure I had access to a quick exit if necessary. The amount of people I saw on arrival was equally suffocating and uplifting, and slowly, I made it to the makeshift front while greeting and hugging friends and people I knew.
I have a confession to make: I missed my hometown Equality Rally for Unity and Pride in Fort Lauderdale. I was on my way south from gay summer camp when I got caught in a massive tie-up that stopped my car for hours — no surprise to all who have to drive on I-95 from Jacksonville and Miami. Looking back, I could have gone to the rally in Nashville, which was close to the camp, or even to the National March in Washington, D.C. Or, I could have gone to the rally in West Palm Beach, had I known about it. But I tried to make it home on time, and I failed.