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These Haunting Photos Show The Strength Of Orlando Before & After Pulse Massacre

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Today is Orlando Pride. To mark the special occasion, Queerty asked Orlando lesbian transgender photographer Melody Maia Monet to share a sampling of her amazing photos of the local LGBTQ community along with captions, taken before and after the Pulse Nightclub massacre of June 12, 2016, in which 49 souls were lost.

Aftermath: Pulse Nightclub Memorial

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July 2016

After: Pulse Vigil

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Candlelight vigil Lake Eola July 26 honoring 49 souls lost
Before: MarcoMarco Party at Pulse

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Fashion show at Pulse April 2016

Before: Leather Night

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Leather Night at BarCodes March 2016

 Before: Sunday mingling
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 Sunday Surrender in March 2016 Ember Sunday afternoons
 VAiN Nightclub
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 The place to be on Sunday the hours before heading home for the night
Before: Girls in Wonderland
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 The lesbian event during Gay Days. Here are the ladies who love ladies at House of Blues in June of 2016 one week before the tragedy
After: Mural Center
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 Mural memorializing the tragedy, painted on the side of the LGBT center in the Mills 50 district. Photographed July 2016
 After: FlexFriday
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 The men of Flex Fridays at the club Southern Nights Orlando, showing love for Pulse on June 17, 2016
 After: Southern Nights Orlando
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The girls at Southern Nights Orlando show their love June 18 2016
After: Benefit
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 A September benefit at The Abbey. The hood of the #49 police car lists the names of the 49 Pulse victims.
 After: Survivors Benefit
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 Massacre survivors at the Abbey benefit in September
 Before: Pride, 2015
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 Crowds gather to catch beads thrown from floats during Come Out With Pride in October 2015
 After: Pride, 2015
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 The view from a float as it travels through the Thornton Park neighborhood of Orlando during Come Out With Pride October 2015
About the photographer:
Melody Maia Monet is transgender woman and lesbian living in Orlando, Florida. She is also a professional writer, photographer, singer, and YouTube personality. She writes an opinion column for Watermark, the LGBT magazine of Orlando, which you can find at www.watermarkonline.com. Her photography website is monetphoto.com, her band maintains a website at madtransitband.com, and her YouTube channel is youtube.com/user/melodymaia. She can be reached by email at [email protected].