Officials at the onePULSE Foundation have released the lineup of activities that will mark five years since the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando on June 12, 2016.
Unlike last year, the community-wide “Remembrance Week” events will be held in-person, but with many virtual options as well. The weeks' worth of activities run from June 5 to June 12.
The week begins with the annual 4.9K CommUNITY Rainbow Run at Wadeview Park. The distance is representative of the 49 lives that were lost in the tragedy. To register for the in-person or virtual option, go to communityrainbowrun.com.
The week concludes with a remembrance ceremony June 12. Organizers said it is designed to bring together the families of those whose lives were taken and provide them a space to remember their loved ones in peace.
The ceremony also honors all who survived as well as the first responders and trauma teams who were involved. The ceremony takes place at the Pulse interim memorial for a limited, invitation-only audience.
However, the public is invited to watch a live stream of the ceremony at the front lawn of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. More information is at drphillipscenter.org. The ceremony will also be accessible on the onePULSE Facebook page and on its YouTube channel.
Other highlights of the week include:
Straight Men Real Makeup benefit – June 6 at 6 p.m. at the HÄOS on Church restaurant. Eight straight men will step out of their comfort zone and individually perform a choreographed routine to a song of their choice while dressed in full drag. For tickets, go to https://bit.ly/2RQgUFW.
An Evening of Reflection and Promise – June 7 at 7 p.m. at the Dr. Phillips Center. The One Orlando Alliance is hosting an interfaith opportunity to name the effects of the religiously based discrimination on the LGBT community and create pathways for healing, featuring a panel of LGBT people of diverse faith and thought backgrounds. Information is at oneorlandoalliance.org.
My Portraits of Pulse: An Orlando United Story – June 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Dr. Phillips Center. J.D. Casto, a professional photographer, captured thousands of images in the weeks and months after the Pulse tragedy, experiencing events like no other person. This is the story of Pulse as told through his eyes. More is at drphillipscenter.org.
49 Bells – June 12 at noon at the First United Methodist Church of Orlando. More is at firstchurchorlando.org.
Pulse Remembrance by DeLand Pride – June 12 at 2 p.m. at the Abbey Bar. Gathering begins at 2 p.m. From there the group will walk down to the corner of New York Ave. and Woodland Blvd. to read the names of the Angels lost and honor all those affected by the shooting at the Pulse nightclub. Participants are encouraged to bring signs and rainbow flags.
For a complete list of in-person and virtual activities, go to onepulsefoundation.org.