June is Pride Month, 30 days celebrating gay life and commemorating the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan—a critical turning point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. But these days of rainbows and parades have been darkened by the June 12th massacre at Pulse, an LGBT-friendly nightclub in Orlando, in which Omar Mateen murdered 49 people and critically injured 53. The youngest was 19; the oldest was 50.
In response to what has been called the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, we spoke to LGBTQ leaders of the restaurant industry about their very personal reactions to the tragedy. [Read more…]