Congress votes to make Pulse nightclub a national memorial

Just one week after Governor Ron DeSantis signed the Florida Budget that slashed Orlando’s LGBTQ Community Center and an organization that houses homeless LGBTQ youth, the US Senate unanimously passed legislation designating the site of the gay club a national memorial.

The bill was introduced to the US House of Representatives by Reps. Val Demings, Darren Soto, and Stephanie Murphy and passed on May 12. The US Senate version was introduced by Senator Rick Scott.

President Joe Biden was quoted on the fifth anniversary of the mass shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando that he will sign the bill naming the site as a national memorial.

On Twitter, Brandon Wolf, a survivor of the attack, thanked the Florida delegation “for recognizing our hallowed ground.”

A message from the Pulse nightclub Facebook page also expressed gratitude for the bill’s passage.

“The unanimous consent is such welcome news as we are set to mark the five-year remembrance of the Pulse tragedy,” the statement said. “This recognition from both the House and Senate means so much to the LGBTQ+ community. #WeWillNotLetHateWin”