Five years after the mass shooting, Biden named the Pulse nightclub the National Memorial
US President Joe Biden said on the fifth anniversary of the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that he would sign a bill to name the site a national monument.
The deadliest attack on the LGBTQ community in U.S. history 49 deaths In 2016, 53 people were injured. Biden said in a statement on Saturday that he “maintained contact with the families of the victims and the survivors who turned the pain into a goal” and described the club as a “holy place”.
The President emphasized that the country must take more measures to reduce gun violence, such as banning offensive weapons and closing loopholes in regulations that allow gun buyers to bypass background checks.Biden said the state must admit that gun violence hurts members of the LGBTQ community
Biden said: “We must eliminate the hatred and inequality that have led to the epidemic of violence and murder against transgender women, especially transgender women of color.”
White House advisers Susan Rice and Cedric Richmond hosted a virtual roundtable on Friday with LGBTQ leaders, gun violence survivors and gun control advocates.
Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Douglas Enhoff join the crowd at the Capitol Pride Walk and Rally in Washington DC on Saturday
“We still have a lot to do,” Harris said.