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In which John talks about Orlando, and the weekend mass shooting at the gay club Pulse, which killed 49 people and injured dozens more. RECOMMENDED READING:

LA Times shares information about who the shooting victims were and stories from close friends and family remembering them: http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-orlando-nightclub-victims-who-they-were-snap-htmlstory.html
Alfred Soto, Only When I'm Dancing Can I Feel This Free: http://www.mtv.com/news/2891842/only-when-im-dancing-can-i-feel-this-free/?xrs=_s.tw_main
Daniel Leon-Davis' piece at Fusion about Pulse: http://fusion.net/story/312960/pulse-orlando-safe-haven/
NPR story about LGBT+ Latinx on the Orlando shooting: http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2016/06/13/481859852/what-queer-latinos-are-saying-about-the-orlando-shooting
Richard Kim, Please Don't Stop the Music: http://www.thenation.com/article/please-dont-stop-the-music/
Orlando Sentinel's coverage of the shooting victims: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/pulse-orlando-nightclub-shooting/victims/os-pulse-nightclub-orlando-shooting-victims-htmlstory.html
Further coverage from the Orlando Sentinel on the shooting, what happened, reactions, vigils etc.: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/pulse-orlando-nightclub-shooting/

Thanks to Rosianna Halse Rojas for help with...everything. http://youtube.com/rosianna


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Good morning, Hank, it's Tuesday and I don't really wanna make a video today, but it's Tuesday, so.  Hank, when we were growing up in Orlando, Florida, it always felt to me like we were all just visiting, like, we were all just there for the theme parks, whether to visit them or work in them, and even today, when people ask me where I'm from, I usually say Alabama, even though I didn't move there until I was 14.  For a long time I believed that because I never felt fully at home in Orlando, that no one else could either, but of course, that's just narcissism.  In the 24 years since I left Orlando, it has become a great city.  People have made it an awesome hometown by growing deep roots there, including a strong Latino community and a vibrant LGBT community, both of which have achieved so much with love and activism in the face of a long history of violence and discrimination, and now 49 people killed in a gay club in Orlando.  I don't know how, Hank, I don't know what to say, I don't know if I have anything constructive to say.  

I do think it's valuable to listen to people who've been directly affected by the shootings in Orlando, I've put some reading in the doobly-doo.  I was particularly moved by the partner of Leroy Valentine Fernandez, who wrote, "You will always be my baby, and I will always love you," and by the brother of victim Amanda Alvear who said, "She wouldn't want anyone to spread hate for her.  She would want them to spread more love," and by victim Luis Wilson Leon's friend Daniel, who said, "He'd been dealing with hate all his life.  We all have.  I have.  He never retaliated with hate."  

Aside from that, Hank, I really just want to share with you the names of the people who were murdered.  I think we should hear their names as much as possible.  Last night, Orlando showed what a great city it is when thousands of people came out to memorialize the dead and to stand with their friends and families.  Let us also stand with them by listening to them, by listening to those who loved them, and by remembering them.  

Edward Sotomayor Jr.
Stanley Almodovar III
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo
Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera
Peter Ommy
Juan Ramon Guerrero
Luis S. Vielma
Kimberly Morris
Eddie Jamoldroy Justice
Darryl Roman Burt II
Deonka Deidra Drayton
Alejandro Barrios Martinez
Anthony Luis Laureano Disla
Jean Carlos Mendez Perez
Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez
Amanda Alvear
Martin Benitez Torres
Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon
Mercedez Marisol Flores
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado
Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez
Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez
Oscar A Aracena-Montero
Enrique L. Rios, Jr.
Miguel Angel Honorato
Javier Jorge-Reyes
Joel Rayon Paniagua
Jason Benjamin Josaphat
Cory James Connell
Juan P. Rivera Velazquez
Luis Daniel Conde
Shane Evan Tomlinson
Juan Chevez-Martinez
Jerald Arthur Wright
Tevin Eugene Crosby
Leroy Valentin Fernandez
Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega
Jean C. Nives Rodriguez
Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala
Brenda Lee Marquez McCool
Akyra Monet Murray
Yilmary Rodriquez Solivan
Christopher Andrew Leinonen
Angel L. Candelario-Padro
Frank Hernandez
Paul Terrell Henry
Antonio Davon Brown
Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz