Orlando: Luis Burbano, A Story of Heroism

I’m overwhelmed as I read Luis Barbado’s heroic actions and ordeal. He’s a survivor and true hero in the massacre at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida that claimed the lives of 49 people and injured 53 others. His quick thinking saved lives.

While some of the media and some politicians are bent at changing the story to focus on ISIS and glorify the assailant, and I can only assume that it’s an obvious attempt to distance the discussion from the gun lobby, homophobia, mental illness, and put the blame on external forces, the LGBT community should reject that discussion.

The killer was mentally ill, casually pledging allegiance to a terror group is irrelevant. He’s a hater, bi-polar, homophobic, and armed. He was a time bomb waiting to happen. End of story.

Luis Barbado’s story is what we need to talk about – the heroism of survivors that saved lives. This horrible tragedy is an attack towards the whole LGBT community, worldwide, it’s a struggle we’ve been fighting for for ages – Homophobia.

We need to ask the right questions, and ignore the selfish politically driven rhetoric.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Luis Burbano felt his bones shake when the bullets started flying early Sunday morning in the Orlando gay nightclub where a gunman opened fire and killed 49 people while wounding 50 others.

“When I heard those bullets being fired, I knew those weren’t small handgun bullets,” he said. The music in the back area of the club called the Adonis room stopped after the shots started, Burbano said. The gunfire sounds started getting closer.

He fell to the floor. He grabbed his best friend and a girl standing next to him and forced them down, too. –Jason Dearen/APOrlando_Pulse-Nightclub_Shooting

 

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