Mayor's Office Press Release

Houston City Hall Lights Will Commemorate Pulse Nightclub Shooting Anniversary; Mayor's LGBTQ Advisory Board Issues Statement in Memory of Victims

June 12, 2021 -- The lights of Houston City Hall and the 59 bridges will be lit in rainbow colors Saturday evening to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the deadly shooting inside the Orlando Pulse Club.

On this somber occasion, Mayor Turner's LGBTQ Advisory Board issued the following statement in honor of the shooting victims.

"This past year has shown us we cannot take for granted cherished ones still with us and to remember those loved ones we have lost. This is particularly true today, marking the 5th anniversary of the tragic shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, FL.

"We take this time to remember those 49 beautiful lives our community lost that day. In 2016, our LGBTQIA+ community came together throughout the country in grief and in fear after the hateful and violent act. But we also stand together in the love of one another and hope for a better future.

"In the aftermath of the club shooting, the City of Houston immediately responded in solidarity with the formation of Mayor Turner's LGBTQ Advisory Board, naming 49 members to reflect the 49 lives and voices who were taken too soon on June 12th. The advisory board works to uplift the voices of our community and provide policy recommendations that will end discrimination and advance issues that improve our quality of life.

"Recently and historically, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed legislation designating the site of the Pulse Nightclub as a national memorial. While the pain and hurt will never subside, we continue to honor and celebrate the lives of these individuals who are and will always be part of pride flags that we wave at our respective celebrations, parades, and gatherings.

"We must not let their lives be lost in vain, and we must continue to persevere and take action by speaking up against discrimination and violence, spreading love and kindness, and remaining united as an LGBTQIA+ family."

Jeremy Edwards (he/him) & Jamie Gonzales (she/her)
Mayor Turner’s LGBTQ Advisory Board