Puerto Rico just got it’s first LGBT monument, and it was created in honour of the 49 victims of the horrific Pulse shooting. Most of these victims were LGBTQ+ and Latino, with a large percentage of them being Puerto Rican.
You can find the monument in San Juan’s Third Millennium Park and is made of up seven columns done in rainbow colours and has a place of prominence at the entrance to the Escobar the Sixth Stadium.
The base of the monument also lists the 23 Puerto Rican victims of the Orlando massacre, with the remaining 26 listed below them.
Underneath the names, is this inscription (in Spanish): “This tribute to life strengthens our commitment to fight hate — the product of homophobia — with love and respect. Our slogan resounds in all our hearts: Love is love, is love, is love…”
San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín said at the monument’s inauguration: “Today, we celebrate life. We must work together to eradicate discrimination and homophobia. We must raise our voice for justice, and the equality of each of us who are human. We must aspire to to have a country where everyone is equal, and no one is judged for who they love.”
It was unveiled during the Pride celebration in the Puerto Rico capital city, which was a combination LGBT celebration and honouring of the Pulse victims. The monument came at no small cost, as it cost a total of $9 million, all funded by the taxpayer.