(ORLANDO) -Two months ago, on June 12, the largest massacre in recent history took place at Pulse Nightclub. As if to coincide with the anniversary, presidential candidate Donald Trump will join U.S. Senator Marco Rubio at a radical anti-LGBTQ event in Orlando.
Equality Florida, joined by community partners and individuals directly impacted by the shooting, will gather Thursday, August 11 for a peaceful rally and press conference to demand an end to the hate and violence perpetuated by Donald Trump, Sen. Marco Rubio, and the religious extremists responsible for the event.
The Rally to End Hate #Forthe49 will begin at 11 am outside the Orange County Convention Center – South Concourse, 9809 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819.
“On the two-month anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting, we are outraged that Donald Trump and Senator Rubio have the audacity to headline an extremist anti-LGBTQ event in Orlando,”Equality Florida said. “In the midst of our grief, we demand an end to hatred and bigotry of all kinds, call for the passage of fully inclusive anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people, and urge our elected officials to support common sense gun violence prevention measures to honor the 49 lives cut short by hatred.”
In addition to Equality Florida, the GLBT Center of Central Florida, Organize Now!, The Pride Fund to End Gun Violence, Human Link for Pulse, PFLAG – Orlando, Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida are also helping to organize the rally.