Citizens from El Paso and the LGBT community are encouraging El Pasoans to get out this weekend and “Dance for Orlando” in response to the tragic event where a gunman killed 49 people and wounded 53 more early last Sunday morning.
Dance for Orlando is a tribute to the victims who were out on a Saturday evening, simply living their lives and enjoying an evening of dancing and fun. “Dancing and celebrating life is what Dance for Orlando is all about–not to live in fear or tolerate hate,” said to Ryan Lympus, one of the event’s organizers.
“When we woke up Sunday morning to the terrible news that the largest mass shooting in U.S. history killed 49 people in Orlando, we were shocked, saddened and angry,” Lympus said.
Many El Pasoans immediately banded together to mourn and pray for the victims last Sunday in a candlelight vigil at San Jacinto Plaza and the idea for Dance for Orlando was born.
“The outpouring of support is proof that there is so much good and love out there, and right here in El Paso,” Lympus said. Already, Epic Bar and Nightclub will be hosting a “More Love, Less Hate” fundraiser at Epic Bar and Nightclub Thursday night, June 16. El Paso Live, KLAQ and KISS-FM will be making special tributes at Street Fest this weekend.
Dance for Orlando is encouraging other nightclubs and individuals to find ways to participate and raise funds. Monies raised through Dance for Orlando will benefit the families of the victims and are being accepted through the local El Paso gofundme page
Real time updates can be found on the Dance for Orlando page on Facebook. “We can’t wait to see all the photos of people dancing this weekend, throwing off their bandanas and showing their solidarity for the people of Orlando and by using #DanceForOrlando online,” Lympus said.
Dance for Orlando on Social Media
Epic Bar and Nightclub hosts “More Love, Less Hate” 510 N Stanton St., Thursday night, June 19, 2016
Love Buzz hosts “Gang Bang” 3011 Pershing Ave. Thursday night, June 19, 2016
El Paso Live, KLAQ and KISS-FM will be making special tributes at Street Fest this weekend including selling #DanceForOrlando bandanas for a $5.00 donation to the gofundme campaign.