Puerto Rico’s first LGBT monument is also a memorial to the victims of the massacre in Orlando.
Puerto Rico unveiled its first LGBT monument, which proclaims “Love is love, is love, is love…” and also serves as a memorial to the lives lost in the shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub.
The monument is located in San Juan’s Third Millennium Park, and is made up of seven rectangular columns in the colours of the rainbow.
This vibrant memorial is particularly resonating for the US territory because out of the 49 victims killed in Orlando, 23 were Puerto Rican. A plaque at the base of the monument highlights the names of Puerto Rican victims, with the other 26 victims also listed below.
The monument was unveiled during San Juan’s Pride celebration, where Mayor Carmen Yulín said: “Today, we celebrate life. We must work together to eradicate discrimination and homophobia". And she added: “We must raise our voice for justice, and the equality of each of us who are human. We must aspire to have a country where everyone is equal, and no one is judged for who they love”.
The monument’s dedication took place almost exactly one year after Puerto Rico adopted marriage equality.
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