Orlando’s religious community said “presente” after the 2016 Pulse tragedy that left 49 people dead in the worse mass shooting in U.S. history.
Many churches, especially pastors from Orlando’s largest Latino congregations such as El Calvario and Fuente de Agua Viva, attended and prayed at Pulse vigils, a pleasant surprise for LGBTQ Orlandoans who didn’t expect the generous gesture from the most conservative sector of the Hispanic community, one that has sometimes been at odds with the gay community.
“I’m proud to see how Latino communities of faith have come together. I was moved by words welcoming our community with open arms,” said State Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith (D-Dist. 48), Florida’s first openly gay representative, at a recent Pulse forum held by the Orlando Sentinel at Orlando Regional Medical Center that drew an audience of 100 people.
What has happened since then? Are the arms still open? These are the questions the podcast “El Pulso de la Comunidad de Fe,” part of the WMFE-90.7 FM project “Orlando: Un Año Después,” attempted to answer.
“Orlando: Un Año Después” is a unique and never-attempted before series of seven WMFE podcasts covering the one-year mark of the Pulse shooting. All the podcasts are in Spanish, a nod to the majority of the Pulse victims who were LatinX.
The podcasts are as follows:
- Orlando: Un Año Después – introduction
- En la Línea de Frente with Adam Manno
- La Noche Eterna, en Hospital with Jarleene Almenas
- Te Amo, Danny with Crystal Chávez
- El Pulso de la Comunidad de Fe with Orlando Latino
- Latin Night: Sigue el Ritmo with Crystal Chávez
- Tragedia y Salud Mental with Crystal Chávez
Thank you to WMFE’s Catherine Welch and Crystal Chávez for inviting Orlando Latino™ to participate in such an important project for the Orlando Latino community. And kudos to WMFE interns Adam Manno and Jarleene Almenas for their insightful contributions.
Click for all the podcasts.
˜˜Maria Padilla, Editor