ADDED ON: 08/24/2019

Pulse survivors plan ‘ex-gay’ ‘Freedom March’ near Pulse nightclub

08/22/2019 | Los Angeles Blade

Angel Colon and Luis Javier Ruiz, two survivors of the 2016 Pulse nightclub mass shooting, will appear at an “ex-gay” “Freedom March” about five minutes away from the massacre site in Orlando. The march is scheduled for Sept. 14. The Freedom March organization hosts rallies across the nation aimed at presenting “freedom from homosexual/transgender lifestyles by the grace and power of Jesus Christ.” The inaugural “Freedom March” was held in D.C. in May with Ruiz in attendance. The last march took place in June in St. Paul, Minn. The Orlando march will be at Lake Eloa Park, which is about a five-minute drive away from Pulse nightclub, NBC News reports. Colon, 29, and Ruiz, 36, were among the 53 people injured during the mass shooting which ranked as the deadliest mass shooting by a single shooter at the time. It remains the deadliest incident of violence against LGBT people in the United States.

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