Florida’s governor was accused of “straight-washing” his remembrance proclamation of the Pulse nightclub shooting on the third anniversary of the deadliest attack on gay people in the US.
Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis was criticized for not acknowledging the LGBTQ community as he asked Floridians on Wednesday to remember the 49 killed when a gunman opened fire in 2016 at the Orlando gay nightclub.
“@GovRonDeSantis has stripped any mention of the #LGBTQ community in remembering #Pulse. This is completely straight-washed and an insult to #HD47,” Florida state Rep. Anna Eskamani wrote on Twitter. “Based on these side-by-side Pulse proclamations, Governor Rick Scott was a better friend to LGBTQ Floridians than DeSantis.”
His snub comes as survivors and victim’s families come together Wednesday at the site of the shuttered nightclub.
Dozens gathered outside the club at 2:02 a.m., exactly three years after the first shot was fired by Omar Mateen, according to WFTV. The 29-year-old pledged allegiance to the Islamic State before he was killed by police.
“Many of the friends and family are here reporting to the loved ones we’ve lost and for the survivors too, many of them are still going through surgery, unfortunately,” Pulse survivor Orlando Torres told the news station.
U.S. Reps. Darren Soto and Stephanie Murphy announced earlier this week they introduced legislation to make the Pulse site a national memorial.
The national designation would involve making the site part of a national park system — while still allowing the nonprofit started by the club’s owner to maintain control.
“This is an important step in preserving an LGBT historic landmark at a time when many of these sites are being destroyed,” Soto said.
With Post Wires