Summary: This bill redesignates the Pulse Memorial located at 1912 South Orange Avenue in Orlando, Florida, as the “National Pulse Memorial. (Cosponsors)
ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION: Representative Craig Cosponsored the bill on 06/15/20.
STATUS: Introduced 06/04/2019 by Rep. Soto, Darren [D-FL-9]
- 06/26/20: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
INFORMATION RELATED TO THE BILL:
“Our efforts to designate the Pulse Nightclub a National Memorial site honors the lives of the 49 victims and survivors, and ensures no one ever forgets this tragedy. The Memorial will serve as a reminder of the remarkable way our community came together to heal and overcome hate. We recognize the need to preserve LGBTQ historic sites, because of cases like the Matthew Shepard Memorial which have been deliberately destroyed over time without these protections. Let the Pulse Memorial become a symbol of hope, love, and light,” stated Rep. Darren Soto.
“The Pulse tragedy shook our community to its core and forever changed us. It’s important we remember the love that the 49 victims and their loved ones brought into this world, which will always be stronger than the hate that stole their lives on that day. By designating the site as a National Memorial, we will honor their memories, be inspired by their legacies, and recognize the positive contributions the LGBTQ community offers to the world,” stated Rep. Stephanie Murphy.
“A community is not brick and mortar, it is the lives of its people, the dreams of its children, and the memory of those we’ve lost. Our strength flows from those memories, which cement the bonds of our common humanity and unite us in shared history. 49 dreams were cut short on June 12th, 2016, and dozens still carry the scars of that terrible night. Yet through remembrance, we transform hate into love, and loss into strength. May Barbara Poma’s vision for a National Memorial allow us to remember the past and provide hope for the future,” stated Rep. Val Demings.
Source: Rep. Soto’s website
Link to the text of the bill.
Link to bill information (support and opposition) on Countable.
Link to bill information on GovTrack.