We met at the intersection of color and queerdom. At a time when we were expected to cower and hide, we rose up in pride and solidarity with deep belly laughter at how resilient our love can be. On Sunday, June 26th, 2016, New York City came together in honor of:
Stanley Almodovar III, 23; Amanda Alvear, 25; Oscar A. Aracena-Montero, 26; Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33; Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21; Martin Benitez Torres, 33; Antonio D. Brown, 30; Darryl R. Burt II, 29; Jonathan A. Camuy Vega, 24; Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28; Simon A. Carrillo Fernandez, 31; Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25; Luis D. Conde, 39; Cory J. Connell, 21; Tevin E. Crosby, 25; Franky J. Dejesus Velazquez, 50; Deonka D. Drayton, 32; Mercedez M. Flores, 26; Juan R. Guerrero, 22; Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22; Paul T. Henry, 41; Frank Hernandez, 27; Miguel A. Honorato, 30; Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40; Jason B. Josaphat, 19; Eddie J. Justice, 30; Anthony L. Laureano Disla, 25; Christopher A. Leinonen, 32; Brenda L. Marquez McCool, 49; Jean C. Mendez Perez, 35; Akyra Monet Murray, 18; Kimberly Morris, 37; Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27; Luis O. Ocasio-Capo, 20; Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25 Eric I. Ortiz-Rivera, 36; Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32; Enrique L. Rios Jr., 25; Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24 Christopher J. Sanfeliz, 24; Xavier E. Serrano Rosado, 35; Gilberto R. Silva Menendez, 25; Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34; Shane E. Tomlinson, 33; Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25; Luis S. Vielma, 22; Luis D. Wilson-Leon, 37; Jerald A. Wright, 31
The men and women, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, tias and nietos slain in the Orlando massacre at a gay night club only two weeks prior. Yesterday, we moved in unison, their spirits guiding us, as we danced in celebration of diversity and inclusion, parading across the path of most resistance in a rally to disarm hate. These are but a fraction of the faces of those who choose to identify with Love and live out loud. May our whole, full lives never be in vain.
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Photography by Kymani M. Jade