Center on Halsted hosts Pulse Nightclub vigil service, June 12
Thu. June 8, 2017 6:52 AM by GoPride.com News Staff
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PULSE: One Year Vigil Service, June 12 at 6 p.m. near Center on Halsted
More than 500 people attended a similar community service last year. Organizers said this year even more attendees are expected due to the National Equality March being held in Washington, D.C. on June 11.
The special program will begin at 6 p.m. at 851 W. Waveland (near Center on Halsted) and will be led by Joanna Thompson, Community Outreach and Engagement Coordinator for COH.
Scheduled speakers include: Mona Noriega, Chicago Commissioner on Human Relations; Pastor Joy Douglas Strome, Lakeview Presbyterian Church; Mike Morales, Member of Chicago UCF (University of Central Florida) Alumni Chapter; David Gauna & Carlos Fragoso, Members of ALMA (Association of Latinos/as Motivating Action) Youth Advisory Board.
Windy City Gay Chorus and Windy City Treble Quire will perform a song from their upcoming show, "PULSE".
On June 12, 2016, a lone gunman opened fire inside Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Fla. After about three hours of terror, 49 patrons of the gay bar were killed, plus the gunman, and 53 others were injured.
It was the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in the U.S., and the deadliest incident of violence against LGBT people in the U.S.
Related: 2016 Chicago Pride Parade was filled with joy, pride and pain