Monday, July 04, 2016

First LGBT Monument in Puerto Rico to Honor Victims of Pulse Nightclub Massacre

On June 26, 2016 San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín (pictured) unveiled the very first LGBT monument in Puerto Rico. As we now know many of the victims of the Pulse Nightclub Massacre were of Puerto Rican descent. This monument will serve as a memorial. "Today, we celebrate life... We must work together to eradicate discrimination and homophobia. We must raise our voice for justice, and the equality of each of us who are human. We must aspire to to have a country where everyone is equal, and no one is judged for who they love,” said Mayor Yulín. The monument was designed by Alberto de la Cruz and is estimated to have cost city taxpayers $9 million.

Alongside the names, Spanish text reads:
“This tribute to life strengthens our commitment to fight hate — the product of homophobia — with love and respect. Our slogan resounds in all our hearts: Love is love, is love, is love…” 
 "The final phrase appears to be a reference to Puerto Rican playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda’s speech at the 2016 Tony Awards, just hours after the Pulse shooting, where the straight artist performed a powerful sonnet he had written for the victims of the massacre," reports Advocate.