Gay nightclub Pulse to become US memorial after 2016 mass shooting – News Vibe24

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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden will designate the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, a national monument on Friday in honor of the site where mass shootings killed 49 people.
    A gunman stormed a popular venue five years ago, firing an AR-15 rifle and pistol into one of the deadliest modern mass shootings in the United States.
    Biden, in a change from his Republican predecessor, sought to emphasize equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities, formally recognizing Pride Month with a proclamation of June 1 LGBTQ in top government positions, among other actions.
    The Democratic president has also pushed for full rights for American LGBTQs, including the passage of the Equality Act in Congress, noting that protections are lacking in many US states.
    On Friday, he also named Jessica Stern, head of the New York-based OutRight Action International, as a special envoy to the State Department to ensure that US diplomacy and foreign aid include LGBTQ rights, the White House said.
    In Florida, authorities described the shooting as an act of Islamic extremism by a 29-year-old U.S. citizen of Afghan descent. However, civil rights activists claimed that the 2016 massacre was also a hate crime targeting homosexuals and Latins visiting the club.
    The new Orlando site will be part of the National AIDS Memorial Grove in San Francisco and the Stonewall Inn in New York, a national monument commemorating the birth of the modern gay rights movement following riots after police raided the bar 1969.
    After signing legislation to establish the Florida National Pulse Monument, Biden will make remarks to the White House along with Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who is openly gay.
    Biden tried to reverse his course by former President Donald Trump, who did not officially recognize Pride Month.
    It has ordered federal agencies to protect LGBTQ individuals under federal anti-discrimination laws. It also overturned the Trump-era ban on transgender people serving openly in the U.S. military and carrying rainbow flags of pride on U.S. embassies.


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