Orlando’s gay night club Pulse at the center of last years terror attack could re-open in a new location.
It’s the site where 49 people tragically lost their lives in one of the worst gun massacres in American history. It was the worst mass murder in the USA since 911.
Now, the club’s owner Barbara Poma has been speaking to WFTV about the future of the venue.
She says the attack was financially crippling because of the loss of the club’s income. However, she added ‘Pulse is going to reopen [in a new location].’
‘By reopening it, same name, the same format that we had, it just proves, you know, that hate will not win.’
Poma also spoke of the ongoing discussions about the future of the original Pulse site. She recently rejected a bid from the city to buy the club and turn it into a public memorial. Instead, she has plans to create her own memorial at the site.
Speaking about the new site, Poma says ‘It will be something other than a nightclub. Whatever structure, space, my hope for it, is an eternity.’
Hate will not win
It’s just over a year since the deadly attack which happened in June 2016.
The site is still the center of much attention. In July a homophobic protestor was arrested outside gay club Pulse on the one-year anniversary of Orlando shooting.
In a video to pay tribute to the 49 victims, Gay Star News collected a series of news clips and moments of what happened after the tragedy.
This includes people coming together for vigils and Prides from all over the globe, a survivor meeting Katy Perry on the Ellen DeGeneres show and Lady Gaga making a plea to stop all the hatred.
Celebrities also voice their opinions on the video. RuPaul said: ‘As gay people, we get to choose our family, and my family includes many brave men and women across the country and around the world, don’t fuck with my family.’
People donated blood to help the survivors while others got rainbow pulse tattoos in memory of those who were killed.
Speaking to Gay Star News, Pulse mental health psychotherapist Dr David Baker-Hargrove spoke about why it united the LGBTI community globally:
‘Even for LGBT people outside of Orlando, we’re all linked on the same tree. It’s perfectly natural to feel tension and anxiety and fear. I think it hit us all as a worldwide community, it hit us all so hard. And it’s going to be hard for a while. I think there’s so much pressure to shrug it off and move on. Sometimes it’s just not possible.
‘You have to take a moment to remember and heal.’