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On June 12, 2016, a deadly attack at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando claimed the lives of 49 people — most of them young, LGBTQ and Latinx — and rocked our nation to its core. We will never forget, and we will never stop standing with Orlando. It is important that we not only remember those killed at Pulse, but that we #HonorThemWithAction.

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One year after the Pulse nightclub shooting, HRC partnered with social media influencers Raymond Braun and Tyler Oakley in Orlando to visit survivors of the shooting, families of victims and the local LGBTQ community.

The emotional 18-minute long video features Christine Leinonen, whose son Drew was killed at Pulse, survivors Brandon Wolf and Angel Colon, and local leaders Terry DeCarlo and Rep. Carlos Smith.

Watch the inspiring story of Angel Colon, a survivor of the Pulse nightclub shooting

He has learned to walk again after sustaining six gunshot wounds in the attack, and fights every day to get back to where he was physically. Angel says that he’s been lifted up by support from not only his family, but from around the world. “Seeing the LGBT flag all over, in places where I wouldn’t think it would be. It just shows how much love is out there … Being able to be here every day, it’s like you have a second chance in life. And I’m gonna make the best of it.” Watch Angel’s story:

Watch the Tribute Video

Following the shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016, HRC released a special tribute to the 49 victims. The 18-minute tribute -- directed by Emmy Award-winning Ryan Murphy and Ned Martel, with the support of their colleagues at Ryan Murphy Television -- features a diverse cast of 49 actors, directors and other entertainment leaders recounting individual stories of the people killed in our nation’s deadliest mass shooting. Watch now:

Special thanks to Ryan Murphy, Ned Martel and their team for making this project possible and all of our friends in the entertainment community for their support of this project including:

Lady Gaga
Chris Pine
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Connie Britton
Matt Bomer
Sarah Paulson
Angela Bassett
Lea Michele
Colton Haynes
Sophia Bush
Jane Fonda
Harry Shum Jr.
Denis O’Hare
Rob Reiner
Melissa Benoist
Caitlyn Jenner
Édgar Ramírez
Max Greenfield
Chaz Bono
Cheyenne Jackson
Emma Roberts
Kerry Washington
George Lopez
Evan Rachel Wood
Sofia Vergara
Diego Boneta
Nina Jacobson
Demi Lovato
Tyler Oakley
Yeardley Smith
Kid Cudi
Kaitlin Olson
Kevin McHale
Jamie Lee Curtis
Lee Daniels
Chace Crawford
Evan Peters
Gerard Butler
Katey Sagal
John Stamos
Laverne Cox
Jordana Brewster
Wes Bentley
Finn Wittrock
Darren Criss
Kathy Bates
Anna Paquin
Guillermo Díaz
Joe Mantello


Honoring Those Taken

Stanley Almodovar III, 23 Stanley Almodovar III, 23 Originally from Massachusetts, Stanley worked as a pharmacy technician in Clermont, Florida. Friends have been taking to social media to comment on his bubbly, down-to-earth personality.
Amanda Alvear, 25 Amanda Alvear, 25 Amanda was a beloved sister and godmother. Before the shooting, Amanda posted videos to Snapchat showing herself and friend, Mercedez Marisol Flores, dancing and enjoying themselves at Pulse. Mercedez was another victim of the shooting.
Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 Mercedez was at Pulse with her friend, Amanda Alvear, when the shooting occurred. She was a student at Valencia College and worked at the local Target.
Oscar A. Aracena-Montero, 26 Oscar A. Aracena-Montero, 26 Friends Simon and Oscar were at Pulse together. “I’m so heartbroken that you guys and so many other friends lost their lives in such a senseless act. I pray for strength and courage for us all,” a friend wrote on Facebook.
Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 Simon was a manager at McDonald’s who was well loved — he was known for bringing in cakes to celebrate the birthdays of each and every employee.
Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 Darryl was a financial aid officer at Keiser University and a passionate volunteer. The president of the Jacksonville Jaycees, of which Darryl was a member, described him as "always interested in a positive impact on people’s lives in the community."
Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 Juan, a Davenport resident, was known by his colleagues as a kind and loving person. His Facebook page lists his hometown as Huichapan, Mexico.
Cory James Connell, 21 Cory James Connell, 21 Cory was well-loved; his teachers described him as their all-time favorite student. His brother took to Facebook to share his grief: "The world lost an amazing soul today. God just got the best of angels."
Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, 25 Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, 25 Anthony was a graduate of the University of the Sacred Heart in Santurce, Puerto Rico, where he studied education. He was a well-known drag artist in Orlando, performing as Alanis Laurell.
Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 Deonka, known as Dee Dee, was working at Pulse when the massacre occurred, according to a family member. "Senseless," her aunt wrote on Facebook. "R.I.P. Dee Dee. You know this Auntie will miss you."
Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 Peter worked at UPS and spent his high school years in New Jersey. On Facebook, his mother thanked everyone for reaching out and expressed “deep and immense pain” at the loss of her son.
Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 According to reports, Juan was at the club with his boyfriend, Christopher Andrew Leinonen, at the time of shooting. Both men died.
Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 Drew was with his partner, Juan Ramon Guerrero, at the time of the shooting. Both men died. Drew had bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Central Florida, and founded a Gay-Straight Alliance in his high school.
Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 A resident of Apopka, Florida, Miguel worked for FajitaMex Mexican Catering. On Facebook, his brother wrote: "I can’t face the fact that my blood brother is gone. May your soul rest in peace Brother. I love you so much."
Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 Javier, of Orlando, worked as a supervisor at Gucci. He was originally from Guayama, Puerto Rico, and studied at the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón. Said one Facebook friend: "Your energy and love of life and of all things beautiful was infectious...You were one of a kind."
Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 Jason was an ambitious young man with many passions — computers, athletics and photography. Jason's uncle described him as "very excited about his journey."
Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 Eddie was an accountant and loved to make other people smile. He was able to text his mother before he died Sunday night — saying that he loved her and to call the police.
Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 A Cuban news source identified Alejandro, and spoke with his family and friends, who described him as "always very positive." He was able to contact his family at Pulse before he died.
Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 Gilberto studied healthcare management at Ana G. Méndez University, and worked as a sales associate at Speedway. He was originally from Manatí, Puerto Rico.
KJ Morris, 37 KJ Morris, 37 KJ was a bouncer at Pulse, known for her excellent dancing and amazing smile that could light up a room. She previously lived in Massachusetts.
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 Omar loved to dance, and dreamed of becoming a performer. He grew up in Nashville, Tenn., and worked at a local Target and Starbucks.
Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 Originally from Puerto Rico, Eric worked at a Party City and Sunglass Hut. He had been married for about a year and on Sunday morning his husband frantically called friends and family when he couldn’t connect with Eric.
Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 Joel loved dancing, and is remembered as humble and cheerful. He was also a religious man, and attended church in Winter Garden.
Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 Jean Carlos and Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon were loving partners; both men were killed in the shooting. The couple met at the perfume shop where Jean Carlos worked.
Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 Luis and Jean Carlos Mendez Perez were loving partners; both men were killed in the shooting. Luis was a Puerto Rico native and his friends describe him as a protector, confidant and hero.
Enrique L. Rios Jr., 25 Enrique L. Rios Jr., 25 Enrique, from Brooklyn, New York, was vacationing in Orlando at the time of the attack. He had been working as a coordinator at True Care Home Health Care, and studied social work at St. Francis College. His mother said her family has been "torn apart."
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 Xavier was the father of a young son, and worked as an entertainer at Splash Bar in Panama City Beach, Florida. He was a mentor to many of his coworkers, who described him as "quick with a smile."
Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 Edward handled brand management for Al and Chuck Travel, an agency that plans vacations for the LGBTQ community. On hearing news of Edward’s death, his boss Al Ferguson spent time with Edward’s family at the hospital.
Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 Shane was a gifted singer who performed as the frontman for the band Frequency. He had a vibrant and charismatic stage presence, and was at Pulse following a performance at a local club.
Martin Benitez Torres, 33 Martin Benitez Torres, 33 Martin was from San Juan, Puerto Rico and was a student at the Ana G. Méndez University System. He was in Orlando visiting his family.
Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 Franky was a visual merchandiser at Forever 21 and studied at Interamerican University in Puerto Rico. His family took to Facebook to share their love of Franky, saying "What happened in Orlando affects all of us because it is an act of hate against the freedom to be who you are."
Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 Juan was the owner of Alta Peluqueria D'Magazine in Kissimmee, Florida. Originally from Puerto Rico, Juan was at Pulse with his longtime partner Luis Daniel Conde for a friend’s birthday celebration.
Luis Daniel Conde, 39 Luis Daniel Conde, 39 Luis, originally from San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, was with his loving partner, Juan P. Rivera Velazquez at Pulse; both men were killed in the shooting. Conde was known by his loved ones as a fun-loving person with a great sense of humor.
Luis S. Vielma, 22 Luis S. Vielma, 22 Luis was a student at Seminole State College and worked as an operator for Universal Studios' Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride. Author J.K. Rowling tweeted that she "can't stop crying" over the loss of Vielma.
Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 Jerald was an employee at Walt Disney World, and was well loved by both of his families — his biological one and his Disney family. He was at Pulse to celebrate a friend's birthday.
Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 Leroy was a leasing agent at an Orlando apartment complex and a vibrant performer who loved Béyonce, Adele and Jennifer Lopez. His friend described her grief: "It just feels very quiet now."
Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 Tevin, a Michigan native, was the ambitious owner of Total Entrepreneurs Concepts. He was visiting Orlando after traveling to watch his niece graduate.
Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 Jonathan worked for a Spanish TV network as a producer of a popular children’s talent competition. He was a member the National Association of Hispanic Journalists in Puerto Rico before moving to Florida.
Jean Carlos Nieves Rodriguez, 27 Jean Carlos Nieves Rodriguez, 27 Jean Carlos was a manager at a local McDonald's, and was known for being incredibly dependable. His closest friends describe him as "just a caring, loving guy — just like a big teddy bear."
Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 Rodolfo was a biologics assistant at the OneBlood donation center — a donation center that has been working to supply blood to the survivors of the shooting. His friend described him as compassionate and said that he loved his career.
Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 Brenda was a two-time cancer survivor and real estate agent. She was a mother of 11, and was at Pulse with one of her sons for a night of dancing.
Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24 Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24 Mary was a wife, a sister and a mother of two sons, Jariel and Sergio. Her sister described her as the most loving and caring person you could ever meet, saying "her smile lit up the room and her laughter brought a smile to your heart."
Angel Luis Candelario-Padro, 28 Angel Luis Candelario-Padro, 28 Angel moved to Orlando from Chicago, and started a job as an ophthalmic technician only four days before the shooting. He is from Guánica, Puerto Rico, and described himself online as "adventurous, easygoing and responsible."
Frankie Hernandez Escalante, 27 Frankie Hernandez Escalante, 27 Frankie was a loving big brother who taught his little sisters how to walk in heels and to do their hair and makeup. Frankie had a tattoo on his upper right arm reading "love has no gender," and moved to Orlando from Louisiana.
Paul Terrell Henry, 41 Paul Terrell Henry, 41 Paul was planning to return to college. He was a Chicago native, and loved dancing and playing pool. He had two children — including a daughter who just graduated from high school.
Antonio Davon Brown, 29 Antonio Davon Brown, 29 Antonio was a captain in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps. He had previously been a member of the Army Officers’ Training Corps at Florida A&M University.
Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 Christopher worked at a local bank and was known for having a positive outlook on life. He was very close to his family, and told family members earlier in the weekend that he planned to go to Pulse with friends.
Akyra Monet Murray, 18 Akyra Monet Murray, 18 Akyra was a recent graduate from West Catholic Preparatory High School in Philadelphia, where she was a top student and top athlete on the women’s basketball team. She had recently signed to play at Mercyhurst College in Pennsylvania.
Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25 Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25 Geraldo, known as “Drake Ortiz” to his closest friends, was originally from Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic and studied law at the Universidad Del Este in Carolina.