A GoFundMe campaign set up by Equality Florida to help support the victims of Sunday’s horrific shooting at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub, has reached over $1.6 million thus far.
Equality Florida, the state’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, will ensure that all funds raised will go ‘directly to the victims and families affected by the horrific shooting at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub.’
In its first 24 hours, the campaign has garnered over 40,000 donations, amounting to over $1.6 million.
The organisation is assuring donors that funds will be properly managed, saying, “We are working with a team of attorneys and experts, including the National Center for Victims of Crime, which deployed funds in both Chattanooga and Aurora, to ensure funds are distributed correctly.”
“We are heartbroken and angry that senseless violence has once again destroyed lives in our state and in our country,” the organization writes.
“Gay clubs hold a significant place in LGBTQ history. They were often the only safe gathering place and this horrific act strikes directly at our sense of safety. June commemorates our community standing up to anti-LGBTQ violence at the Stonewall Inn, the nightclub that has become the first LGBTQ site recognized as a national monument.”
“We have received a steady stream of emails and messages from those seeking to help or to make sense of the senseless. We make no assumptions on motive. We will await the details in tears of sadness and anger. We stand in solidarity and keep our thoughts on all whose lives have been lost or altered forever in this tragedy.”
If you would like to make a contribution to the fund, please visit: https://www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund.