MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - For the Twin Cities LGBTQ community, the killings in Orlando have added extra purpose to next weekend’s PRIDE celebration.
Friday night, Flip Phone LGBTQ Events hosted a bar crawl to support the survivors and families of the Orlando shooting massacre.
“The Emergency Minneapolis Queer Bar Crawl” stopped at five bars supporting the community:
Bar 19, The Saloon, Gay 90s, Eagle Bolt Bar, and Lush.
Each of the bar’s managers will donate proceeds to the Equality Florida Pulse Fund. Their participation in the crawl also reinforces the safe spaces they provide.
“The bars aren’t just to go drink and to find somebody to hook up with. It’s actually become kind of like a second home, where you can go sit and relax and spend time with your friends,” said Craig Herrald.
“It’s a way to support and bring people to these spaces,” said owner of Flip Phone LGBTQ Events, Chad Kampe.
The fund has already raised more than $5 million of its $7 million goal.
“LGBTQ safety is a major issue we’re facing as a nation, especially transwomen and transwomen of color are often the #1 homicide rates in the country, so I think it’s something as a country we need to lift up and figure out what we can do to solve this,” said Kampe.
“That could’ve been us, it could’ve been anywhere” said LGBTQ community member Kellen Mahone.
“We are a big united family and if you decide to take on our family we are going to fight back,” said Herrald.
Kampe shared this message on the event’s Facebook page:
“This is a rough time for our community. The events in Orlando are devastating, and members of the LGBTQ community are in pain and mourning. We wanted a chance for members (and allies) to come together to support LOCAL queer establishments and pass along the message, WE ARE STILL HERE.
Dress up. Dress down. Get femmed up. Get butched up. IT doesn't matter, just be YOU. The event is open to anyone who wants to show support for the Twin Cities queer community. Our vision is to have a mass of queers marching from bar to bar, united as one.
We need to dance as a community.
We are going to ask for folks to donate money to the families of Orlando victims to participate on the crawl.
We celebrate the lives of:
Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old
Amanda Alvear, 25 years old
Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old
Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 years old
Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old
Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old
Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 years old
Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 years old
Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old
Cory James Connell, 21 years old
Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old
Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old
Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old
Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old
Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old
Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old
Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old
Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old
Frank Hernandez, 27 years old
Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old
Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old
Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old
Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old
Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25 years old
Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old
Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old
Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 years old
Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old
Kimberly Morris, 37 years old
Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old
Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25 years old
Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old
Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old
Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old
Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old
Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 years old
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old
Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 years old
Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24 years old
Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old
Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old
Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old
Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 years old
Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old
Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old
Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old
Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old
Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 years old.”
To extend your support to the survivors of the Orlando shooting massacre and the victim’s families click here.