On June 12, 2016, a mass shooting terrorist attack occurred inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. After a three-hour standoff with Orlando police, 50 were dead including the gunman and another 53 injured. It was the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman and the worst incident of violence against LGBT people in U.S. history.
What began as plans for a simple manifest the next day by the Toronto Sisters to be present for those needing comfort after the shootings turned into a massive, inclusive community gathering that united Toronto's GBT2S community in grief and resilience. Over $2,600.00 was raised through donations. The Toronto Sisters were so proud to plant the seed that became this deepy meaningful event. Thanks and recognition must be given to David Morris and Francis Gaudreault - two pillars of our own community who jumped in to help with no hesitation and developed a small idea into a significant experience for so many. The support of the 519 Community Centre was breathtaking. The Church Wellesley Village BIA stepped up proudly. Many volunteers also contributed, looking for a way to respond and help heal. Another thanks to Dudley's Hardware for providing donation buckets.