In Memory of Those Lost in the Pulse Nightclub Shooting

On the third anniversary of the senseless and vicious shooting at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub, Recovery Unplugged stands in enduring solidarity with the loved ones and friends of the 49 people whose lives were cut tragically short on that pivotal and irrevocable day, as well as the 53 who were wounded. The shooting was a jarring and malignant indicator of the trauma, safety risks and violence to which members of the LGBTQ+ population are exposed on a daily basis; Recovery Unplugged is acutely aware of these factors and risks, and the role they can play in the onset of trauma and substance use.

Data curated from Dosomething.org indicates that 42 percent of people who are LGBTQ+ report living in an unwelcoming environment and that six in 10 LGBTQ+ students report feeling unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation. Another recent study from Harvard University reveals that most LGBTQ+ Americans experience discrimination and harassment.

Members of the LGBTQ+ community are also considerably more likely to experience long-term trauma, especially if their identity and very sense of being is so violently attacked, as was the case in the Pulse Nightclub shooting. Not only did this attack leave many members of this community scared and anxious; it also made them depressed that they have to be scared at all. These issues can, and often do, lead to long-term behavioral health problems, including chronic suicidal ideations and substance use disorder.

Recovery Unplugged is here to tell you that you belong and that you don’t have to be ashamed of who you are, or scared of others’ reaction to it. We continue to extend our deepest and most profound condolences to the families of those who were lost, and encourage all who are struggling in the aftermath to get the help they need. Love wins…always.