I was recently contacted by the Orange County Regional History Center in Central Florida (@HistoryCenterFL) about donating photographs I’ve taken of memorials for the 49 people who were murdered while living their lives at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub on June 12, 2016.
The answer was yes.
The photograph below is currently included on the Wikipedia page about the tragedy.
The scene in the photograph at the top of this post, produce by Gays Against Guns (@GaGnoguns) at the March for our Lives in 2018 was especially emotionally confrontational and saddening.
The Deed of Gift
Description of Gift:
The gift includes 194 digital photographs taken in Washington DC at Vigils held in remembrance of the Pulse nightclub shooting. The photographs were taken in 2016 and 2018 and include photographs from the 2018 March for our Lives event in Washington DC organized by Gays against Guns.
In the deed, there is a space to indicate what the gift is in memory of. I wrote “In honor of a 🌎 learning to ❤️ better.”
I hope these images help in achieving this goal, as part of the One Orlando collection, now online.
The second museum with my photographs in their collection
As I wrote previously, when I went to visit ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at University of Southern California (@OneArchives), the largest of its kind in the world, archivist Erik Adamian said something to me as he showed me Pat Rocco’s photographs from LGBTQ protests in the 1960’s. He said,
“He (photographer Pat Rocco) did what you do today.”Erik Adamian, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at University of Southern California
How Long is Too Long to Wait: Visiting the largest repository of LGBTQ archives in the World | ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at University of Southern California
The photographs deeded are below.
I will gladly continue to deed any images to further the cause of humans existing and being accepted as their authentic selves.