ORLANDO, Florida. – As plans for a National Pulse Memorial and Museum enter the final design phase, some survivors of the mass shooting and relatives of some of the victims oppose it.
“We’re stealing his dignity by making him a circus show. This museum, they just use the dead to show it off,” said Christine Leinonen, who is still mourning the loss of her son, Christopher. He was killed in the Pulse tragedy six years ago.
Leinonen is now part of the Community Coalition Against Pulse Museum. She thinks the onePULSE foundation is wrong to build a museum and has even started a petition. “When I first started the Change.org petition, I got over 45,000 signatures from people who were just plain disgusted.” She said donations to the museum should go to the victims instead.
The onePulse Foundation released this statement saying:
“The OnePULSE Foundation has embarked on a new three-year strategic plan and is entering the next critical phases of the final design, construction and operation of the National Pulse Memorial & Museum and the National Pulse Health Survivors Walk. ‘Orlando.Completing a national memorial that will honor and remember the 49 angels and serve as a healing sanctuary for all affected, the museum serves as a place for the story of the story, so it can be told for generations It will serve as an important venue for telling the detailed individual stories of victims and survivors, the world’s response, and for dialogue and education to help us fulfill our promise that ‘We will not let hate win!’ “
There will be an impactful and immersive educational component. In addition to the history of Pulse Nightclub and detailed stories from victims, survivors and first responders, there is also a story to tell about what safe spaces mean to the LGBTQ+ community. It will also expand into conversations on topics such as terrorism, faith, immigration, cultural beliefs and practices, the world’s response and how to effect change at individual, collective and community levels.
The Pulse Museum will eventually use artifacts and images from a variety of sources, including its internal collection, artists, photographers, and the collection of the Orange County Regional History Center, as well as possible loans from other institutions. in the world. There are thousands of artifacts related to the Pulse tragedy, including community leftovers, artwork, family heirlooms and survivors. The Pulse building itself is the biggest artifact.
“Having a permanent museum and memorial will have it here in the community, so people can go there daily,” said George Wallace, CEO of the LGBTQ+ Center. He said there were many people against and for the museum. “It will provide educational opportunities, it will provide people with a place to gather that they didn’t have before.”
Pulse survivor Orlando Torres agrees, but added, “It’s disrespectful that those who live wait so long for something to be built.”
Leinonen plans to fight the building museum, for the sake of his son. “They might as well take this Pulse Museum and put it in the middle of Disney World and call it what it is, a tourist attraction.”
However, the onePULSE Foundation said the National Pulse Memorial and Museum and the Orlando Health Survivors Walk will be a healing sanctuary for all. A link to Leinonen’s petition can be found here.