It’s only been one week since the tragic event that took place in Orlando at Pulse nightclub. The massacre of 49 individuals at a gay nightclub is a direct attack on the LGBTQ community, and in response, the community has banded together. Though many fundraising events took place over the past week, things aren’t over just yet.
Here in Miami, multiple spots are still hosting community events for the sake of supporting Orlando and standing strong in the face of tragedy. Here’s a list of some of those events that will benefit Orlando this upcoming week.
O Cinema, Miami Jewish Film Festival, Reading Queer, Aqua Foundation for Women, MiFo Film Festival, and Pridelines will co-present a screening of the Academy Award-winning feature Milk. Written and directed by men who are part of the gay community (Gus Van Sant and Dustin Lance Black), the film follows Harvey Milk, a gay-rights activist who was assassinated. The screening begins at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at O Cinema Miami Beach. Tickets are free, but RSVP is required and you're encouraged to make a donation to the victims of the attack either at the theater or online while selecting tickets.
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Villain Theater, which just won Best New Theater in New Times' Best of Miami issue, is partnering with Miami’s local talent and sponsors for a Benefit Showcase. The theater’s LGBTQIA+ improv team YAAAS! will host the night alongside the rest of Villain Theater and special guests like Juleisy y Karla and standup comedian Quills Rodriguez. It’s exactly the kind of night of levity and bonding we need, taking place Sunday, June 26, at 7p.m. Tickets cost $10 and are available at villaintheater.com; proceeds will be donated to the Orlando victims through Equality Florida.
Gramps' Double Stubble is already one of the best events of the month (declared Best Monthly Gay Party last year by New Times), and this month's installment will be united with Orlando. Fifty percent of proceeds will benefit victims and families of Orlando's Pulse nightclub shooting, and as usual, there's no cover, so drink, dance, and donate. In addition to DJ Hottpants and Terence Tabeau spinning, Daniel Borrero from Orlando will be a special guest DJ Sunday, June 26, at 8p.m. at the event hosted by Robert Strummer (Fresh Meat), Kurt Fowl, and Tommy Ralph Pace.
Blood Drive at From Dusk Til Dawn Screening
Popcorn Frights and O Cinema Wynwood come together with another screening event. At its 20th-anniversary screening of From Dusk Till Dawn, a blood drive will take place outside of the cinema — a nice way to complement a silly and vampiric screening at an event not directly linked to Orlando. Patrons who give blood will get a special prize. Tickets for the screening June 29 cost $12, but they're not required to donate blood if you're around or walking out of another film. The showing is at 9 p.m., and the blood donation truck will arrive at 8.
If you can’t make these events or none of them piques your interest, you can still do your part in other ways. Multiple locations are still accepting blood, and Oneblood.org offers an easy way to find locations. Equality Florida’s GoFundMe page is still collecting contributions to support every single victim of the shooting too.