Chicago Latino LGBT Community Still Processing Orlando Tragedy

A person places a rose by a flag during a vigil at The Center, a community center for the LGBT community, Sunday, June 12, 2016, in Las Vegas. The vigil was for the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.
John Locher / AP Photo
A person places a rose by a flag during a vigil at The Center, a community center for the LGBT community, Sunday, June 12, 2016, in Las Vegas. The vigil was for the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.
John Locher / AP Photo

Chicago Latino LGBT Community Still Processing Orlando Tragedy

When we started to learn Monday who was murdered in the Orlando mass shooting, it quickly became evident which community had been hit the hardest. All you need to do is read the surnames: Fernandez, Vielma, Ocasio-Capo, Guerrero, Ortiz-Rivera. The list goes on.

The revelers at the Pulse nightclub were there for Latin night, dancing to salsa, bachata, and merengue, and many of the dead are Latino and Latina, many of them from Central Florida’s sizable Puerto Rican community.

Morning Shift talks to WBEZ’s Yolanda Perdomo about how Chicago’s Latino LGBT community is processing the tragedy and honoring those who were lost. She also provides an update on how people in Boystown are feeling about their security and personal safety since Orlando.