Wednesday June 15, 2016

Orlando shooting: why it matters that a gay Latino night was targeted

Miriam Zoila Pérez says it's "difficult to claim space" for members of the Latino LGBT community. The attack on this sanctuary is uniquely visceral, she says.

Miriam Zoila Pérez says it's "difficult to claim space" for members of the Latino LGBT community. The attack on this sanctuary is uniquely visceral, she says. (Pulse Orlando)

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In the aftermath of the massacre in Orlando, we bring together a panel of insightful voices from the LGBT community: regular pop culture panellist Rachel Giese, writer and activist Miriam Zoila Pérez, and novelist Justin Torres.

The three join Shad to reflect on the worst shooting in U.S. history, through lenses of the arts and culture, Latino and queer communities.

They describe the power of a place where the marginalized are the majority, why this attack was so visceral within the queer community, and why the media should not glaze over identity politics of the attack. 

WEB EXTRA | Here's the song Pérez chose to play in tribute: El chico del apartamento 512 by Selena, a young artist who was herself shot and killed when she was only 23 years old. 

Plus, read the compelling pieces our panellists published on the heels of the Pulse nightclub shooting.