Tag Archives: #OrlandoStrong

June 2017 FilmSlam at Enzian Theater Special Program: #OrlandoUnited

Originally a project of University of Central Florida’s Downtown Media Arts Center beginning in 2005, Enzian Theater became the home of FilmSlam when DMAC closed in 2006. Now in its twelfth year at Enzian, FilmSlam continues to be a popular outlet for indie and student filmmakers throughout the State of Florida.

FilmSlam will usually be held on the second Sunday of each month at 1:00 PM at Enzian Theater.

June 2017 marks the 1 year anniversary of the attack on Pulse Orlando. Central Florida came together in immeasurable ways and we continue to show everyone that #OrlandoUnited is more than a hashtag.
Have you completed a short film which embodies this spirit, or pride in community in general? Submit it to us for this special month.
Link: http://bit.ly/filmslam

Candlelight Vigil for Orlando – Walk Around the Lake

To show our cities strength, I invite you all to join me next week at Lake Eola, at sunset, to silently honor and remember the events that transpired on the early morning of Sunday 12 June 2016. The City Beautiful was victim to the largest single mass shooting in our nation’s history.

All I ask is one lap around the lake, starting and ending on the corner of 512 E Washington St Orlando, FL 32801, where we will leave our candles and set up a memorial. I encourage everyone bring candles, cups and or flowers to leave behind. I will personally provide about 100 but thousands have been offered as donations. If everyone brought something to share that would be nice to show our community’s strength and support one another. Everyone is encouraged to bring flowers, candles, customs signs of peace (nothing politcial this is just as sign of love for those loss) , Flags of any peacful Country/ organization/ branch of service, etc.

Candlelight Vigil (Winter Garden) #OrlandoUnited

The admins of Winter Garden – Rants, Raves, and reviewsWinter Garden Community , and Windermere – Rants, Raves, and reviews have partnered together to hold a candlelight vigil this Sunday evening for the victims of the massacre at Pulse Orlando, and for the LGBT community. This is a celebration of their lives and for the freedom to be yourself.

Join your neighbors in fellowship at this PUBLIC EVENT on the shores Lake Apopka and hear speakers from our community – Wesley BeachamMichael WanzieCee Castillo, and Steven Bates, and with music by David Alan Bruce.

Thanks to Roberta Walker Mottin and Sean O’Neill for organizing this event!

**Please share this event information with those who may not have access to Facebook.

Disney Community #OrlandoStrong Vigil #OrlandoUnited

Meet us at the Partner Statue for a special Kiss Goodnight to show our support for #OrlandoStrong and #Lovewillalwayswin


*This is an unofficial event organized by Disney fans. The Disney company has no involvement. The Kiss Goodnight is the same show played every night, not something Disney put together specifically for the occasion.

*Kiss Goodnight is an after park closing music and castle light show that usually happens a couple of times.

*Magic Kingdom closes at 11pm so you need to be inside the park before that to be able to see the Kiss Goodnight at 11:30pm.

*This is a meet up, not an event, and is free and open for all. But yes, you will need park admission. This event was mainly organized for the many regular visitors of the Disney Parks. Other vigils are planned throughout Orlando if you can’t attend this one.

*The Partners Statue is located in front of Cinderella’s castle.

*Candles are not encouraged inside the park. The Candle app on your phone works quite well.

Copper Rocket’s Concert for Pulse

What do you do in the face of terror? You do what you know, and you get together to fight the damn thing with exactly what our enemies hate: our love, our joy, our community. In light of the horrible events this week in Orlando, affecting friends and family of staff and patrons, we are donating the proceeds and 15% of bar sales to the victims and families who’s lives have been forever changed by this tragedy. We have to stick together and help each other. Come out for live music, beer, wine, food, and friends. It is all going to help.

$5 at the door. You can give more. The more you give, the more we can help.

Performances by

Chris Perkins


The Dealers


Pulse Celebration Vigil (Old Town) #OrlandoUnited

With the recent tragic events in Orlando, Old Town Kissimmee will be honoring all of the victims with the Pulse Celebration Vigil And Fundraiser.

The evening begins at 7pm; celebrating the lives of the victims and families. There will be special guests and performances with inclusion from our neighboring cities. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to all of the victim’s, their families and the workers of Pulse Nightclub.

Old Town Kissimmee believes in an all inclusive and accepting community and in that spirit we will match donations up to $5,000.

Come out and show your support, stand proud with your fellow Osceola county residents and show the world we are one.


6/14 UPDATE:

Two Spirit Health Services, Inc. – offering on-site counseling services throughout the day.

Tampa Pride – offering on-site counseling services throughout the day.

More details to follow…please be patience with us.

Project: SPIT #OnePulse Vigil

The mission of Project: S.P.I.T. is to create a spoken word/poetry community and awareness on the UCF campus that promotes and develops creative writing, allowing students to be in a safe environment that enables them to express and grow in the art form.

On Friday, we’ll have a vigil to remember those lost in the Pulse Massacre. We are having a vigil honoring those who died in this terrible tragedy 5 PM Friday June 17th at the reflection pond. If you are in Orlando, we would love and appreciate your support. Please share our flyers and spread the word. If you are apart of an organization or group and are interested in helping out or performing please reach out to me. We are UCF and We are strong. Project SPIT raises our voices through adversities, together. Thank You ‪#‎onepulse‬

#SomosOrlando: Acto Ecuménico en Memoria de Víctimas de Orlando

Acto Ecuménico en Memoria de Víctimas de Orlando
El próximo jueves, 16 de junio de 2016, a las 5:00 pm, en el Salón 106, estaremos realizando un Acto Ecuménico para nuestra comunidad universitaria y público en general, en memoria de las víctimas del ataque en Orlando.

#WhyWeLoveOrlando: It’s our HOME

It’s been three days since the attack on Pulse Orlando. Forty-nine of our friends and neighbors have been killed, and over 50 more have been injured. We are still shocked, saddened, and angry to the point of tears. Not to mention this was the second senseless act of gun violence this past weekend. Acts like these are not the “norm” here, and they should and will not be the “norm” anywhere else if we have anything to say about it.

Orlando’s response to Sunday’s hateful act of terrorism? LOVE. Citizens of Central Florida are lining the streets, waiting in line for hours to donate blood, water, food, umbrellas, sunscreen, a hug – you name it. Local businesses and moving company of all sizes offer round the clock help to those caring for victims’ families and the survivors, local and federal law enforcement, medical personnel and for the staff at Pulse Orlando in every way possible. THIS is Orlando, and THIS has always been the heart of our Central Florida community. On other news, if you have needs for infrared heating panels for your home or business checkout the link!

THIS is #WhyWeLoveOrlando.

Such senseless acts of hate and violence should not be tolerated anywhere on Earth, and especially in our own backyards. Hearing stories of heroism from Pulse Orlando night club’s staff and patrons, seeing the names on the victim list grow, reading the social media streams from people in countries around the world… this worldwide call to love and action cannot be ignored.

Our community is hospitable and welcoming to all visitors, frequent or first time. We are known globally as the number one tourist destination IN THE WORLD. At a time such as this, we are showing the world what Orlando is REALLY about, no matter the county you live or who signs your paycheck. We will not allow these tragic events to define us nor stop us from living, working, and LOVING where we live.

For the past seven years, Central Florida Top 5’s heart has always been in and with our Central Florida community – and with that of our country and, yes, even our planet. This core philosophy is what made me fall hard for this website and [platonically] with our owner (and heart) Brian Wilson, who is a proud member of the LGBTQ community as are a few of our other writers.

Our entire writing team are of different ages and viewpoints, from different backgrounds, religions, languages… we have it. One thing we agree on, without a doubt; We are all as proud to be Central Floridians today as we’ve ever been, and this will never change. 

You know why WE love Orlando. Why do YOU? Locals respond:








Community Vigil for the Orlando Tragedy (Clearwater)

Community Vigil for the Orlando Tragedy
Trinity Presbyterian Church
2001 Rainbow Dr. Clearwater, FL
Wednesday, June 15, 7:00 p.m.
All people and all faiths welcome.
Contact: Andrew Walton, 727-446-6210,
email: andy@trinityclearwater.com

Sanford Candlelight Vigil For Orlando

Organized by the Sanford Business District and the City of Sanford. Join us to remember and honor the victims and all those affected by the horrific mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub. More info 407 416 0416. Please bring candles, chairs, blankets if required. We will be lighting a few symbolic candles, but due to uncertain numbers please bring your own candles etc. (Yes, we do realize the early time and that it won’t be dark yet )



Trans Ocala Pulse Candlelight Vigil

VENUE CHANGE: Due to the overwhelming community response, we are moving to the Downtown Square in Ocala. Same date, same time. We can’t wait to see you all there!

Our community has been shaken profoundly. Come to the Downtown Square in Ocala Wednesday night to remember the victims of the Pulse Orlando shooting and heal our community’s wounds. We invite the LGBT+ community in Ocala/Marion County and surrounding areas and our allies to come together this night to reflect on those that were lost only a stone’s throw away and what this means for our community at large.

– This event goes on rain or shine! Don’t be scared of a little rain. We live in Florida, it happens all the time.
– If you’re concerned about security, action has already been taken and we will be under watchful eyes.
– If you can and have the desire to, come a little early (say, 7pm?) with supportive signs! Get revved up, show Ocala motorists how we respond to hate and bigotry, welcome the people who are showing up as the evening progresses!
– Carpool if you can! There is only so much space available for parking at this venue.
– All ages, all faiths, all facets of our community’s support network are invited to grieve, celebrate, and whatever other emotions you need to get out. Express them with us.

Florida DJ Community Fundraiser (online) #OrlandoUnited

Live Fundraising Stream Created By The Local Florida DJ Community To Raise Funds For The Victims In Orlando, FL.




We will be posting back up links in the event anything occurs just look back here for more information if this happens.


Faded Monkey 10-11 AM
Egzod 12-1 PM
Harbour 1-2 PM
Chase Taylor 3-4 PM
Dj Samtana 6-7 PM
Cazanova 8-9 PM
BizKardi 9-10 PM


Steezy Jaxxx 10-11 AM
Dark Fiasco 11-12 PM
Satchel 12-1 PM
MannyMak 1-2 PM
Purple Horizons 2-3 PM
Noisk 3-4 PM
Sleep Madness 4-5 PM
Mötley Cüe 5-6 PM
CATAlyst 7-8 PM


Blvck x Mild 4-5 PM
D-DAY 5-6 PM
Bassick 6-7 PM
Special Guest 7-8 PM
Tra 8-9 PM
KYRO! 9-10 PM
EVO 10-11 PM
We will be accepting donations via Mixify and re-directing individuals to the official GoFund Me
or make a donation to Pulse Orlando directly if the GoFund Me has closed [message sent to pulse awaiting response]

First United Methodist Church of Orlando InterFaith Service #OrlandoUnited

We invite you to First United Methodist Church of Orlando, which is hosting an InterFaith Service on Tuesday, June 14 at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary at First Church Orlando (142 E. Jackson St, Orlando, FL 32801). The building will open at 6:00 pm and all are welcome to bring your own dinner and eat in our gathering space before the service.

The service will include leaders from the religious communities within the city of Orlando that work with Rev. Dr. Jim Coffin, the executive director of the InterFaith Council. Leaders from these religious communities will lead this service. The service will address, with prayer and word, the pain felt by the LGBTQ community, the City of Orlando, and the entire nation. Bob will be the preacher for the service. Spiritual leaders from all religious traditions will be available following the service for conversation, and the building will remain open as long as necessary. You are encouraged to be available following the service for those who may need you.

We both hope you will attend and be witnesses to the hope that comes to us through God’s great love. You can also bring items for first responders and medical professionals that will be distributed through the City of Orlando. These include water, non-perishable snacks, etc. The young people of First Church will then transport the items to the city pickup location. If you desire to bring a memorial item, you may leave that on the green at the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center.

If you have questions or resources to be offered, then contact Tom directly at Tom@firstchurchorlando.org and he will respond ASAP.

Continue to pray for the entire City of Orlando, but particularly for those in the LGBT community, for those that are currently serving in the medical and law enforcement response in downtown Orlando, and for those families and friends who are dealing with their tragic loss.

Grace & Peace,
Dr. Bob Bushong, District Superintendent &
Rev. Tom McCloskey, Lead Pastor First UMC – Orlando

East Central District of the Florida Annual Conference
2221 Lee Road, Suite 21, Winter Park, FL 32789
Office Phone: 407-636-9240

UCF Candlelight Vigil #OrlandoUnited

The University of Central Florida will host a vigil tonight to remember and honor those who lost their lives in the shooting at Pulse this past weekend.

Members of the UCF community and the public are invited to attend. The vigil will begin at 7 p.m. at Memory Mall on the main campus. Guests may park at no cost in Garage H, and Garage D will handle overflow.

Speakers include UCF President John C. Hitt, Joe Saunders of the Human Rights Campaign, SGA President Chris Clemente, members of UCF student groups and faculty. The event is being organized by members of UCF’s LGBTQ+ community with support from UCF Social Justice and Advocacy.

The names of the shooting victims will be read. Among the victims of the Pulse tragedy are two members of the UCF family: student Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22, and alumnus Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32.

To keep everyone safe and keep entry to the location efficient, UCF Police are asking that attendees refrain from bringing the following items:

  • coolers
  • chairs
  • large bags
  • large backpacks

Guests are encouraged to bring water bottles to keep hydrated, and drinks will be available on site. We anticipate a large crowd, so please plan accordingly.

Additional information about the event is available on its Facebook page. UCF also plans to Facebook Live the event from https://www.facebook.com/UCF/.

For updated information about the vigil and other ways you can help or get help dealing with this past week’s tragedy, please visit: http://www.ucf.edu/orlandounited/.

#OrlandoUnited: Five images of hope from the aftermath of hell

The Pulse nightclub slaughter has given Orlando the hellish distinction of being the site of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. Early morning at the club on Sunday, June 12, [shooter’s name omitted] killed 49 people and wounded more than 50 people in a gory shooting rampage.

While the city — and the world — grapples with shell-shocked grief, mourning and bewilderment, many people from widely diverse backgrounds are calmly coming together to comfort one another, clean up the mess, and perhaps forge a stronger community for the long term. (Photos by Top 5’s Joe Thoma)


Thousands gathered Monday night in downtown Orlando to grieve together and console one another.


Former State Rep. Linda Stewart with Tim Vargas, executive director of the LGBT Center, Orlando, on Monday.


Counseling volunteer the Rev. Frank Faine with Lt. James Young of the Orlando Police Department, and Galen Hentzell of The Center.


Impromptu vigil at Lake Eola just hours after the shooting.


The Florida-Georgia District of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, invited the Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs to work through Trinity Lutheran Church in downtown Orlando. Trinity has a ministry of outreach to the LGBT community that surrounds their congregation.



Candlelight Vigil w/ Prayer at Mills 50 Vietnamese Community #OrlandoUnited

Hosted by: Vietnamese Association of Central Florida
Location: 1216 E Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL 32803 (in the lawn of the shopping plaza where there is a Yellow Flag with three Red stripes) across from CVS.
Times: 7:00pm- 8:30pm

To show our city unity and strength, please come join the Vietnamese Community of Central Florida at the Mills/50 to honor the victims and families of the events that transpired on the early morning of Sunday, June 12th, 2016 at Pulse Nightclub in our very own city of Orlando. We will have local Orlando Vietnamese religious leaders from Buddhist Temples, Catholic Churches, and more come join us for a special prayer and remembrance ceremony. Everyone is welcome.

#orlandounited #prayfororlando #weareorlando

For details in Vietnamese:

Chúng tôi thay mặt Ban Chấp Hành đắc cử Cộng Đồng Việt Nam Trung Tâm Florida N/K 2016-2018 cùng quý đồng hương tham dự Lễ Tưởng Niệm và Cầu Nguyện cho các nạn nhân đã bị sát hại vào sáng Chúa Nhật Ngày 12 Tháng 06 Năm 2016.

Chúng ta sẽ cùng nhau thấp nến và cầu nguyện cùng với cộng đồng lưỡng tính (LGBT Community), bạn bè thân hữu Hoa Kỳ để nói lên lời chia buồn cũng như đoàn kết cộng đồng Orlando, không kỳ thị chủng tộc, giới tính và tôn giáo.

Tổ chức tại khu thương mại Việt Nam địa chỉ: 1216 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando Florida 32803 vào lúc 7:00 p.m. đến 8:30 p.m.

Kính mong quý đồng hương bỏ chút thời giờ quý bấu để tham dự và tưởng niệm mang tính đoàn kết và lễ nghĩa của cộng đồng Việt Nam chúng ta.

Citywide Prayer Service at First Baptist Orlando

First Baptist Orlando #OrlandoUnited


Citywide Prayer Service
Tuesday, June 14 – 7pm
Doors will open at 5:30pm

In coordination with Northland Church, First Presbyterian Orlando, The Hope Church, as well as other churches in the Central Florida area, we will pray for our city, the families and friends of the victims from the events of Friday night and Saturday night. All are invited to attend the community-wide prayer service.

Translation in Spanish and Portuguese will be available onsite using the free app “BeONAIR Corporate Client.” You can download the app through Google Play Store and Apple App Store. Bring your headphones to plug into your phone if you have some.

The service will be streamed live. Go to FirstOrlando.com and click on the red bar at the top that says “Watch Live Now” Tuesday at 7pm. Watch live on WESH 2 and TV 45. Z88.3 will be airing the service live on radio.

Speakers for the Prayer Service include:
Dr. David Uth – First Baptist Orlando
David Swanson – First Presbyterian Church Orlando
Rev. Nino Gonzalez – Inglesia El Calvario
Dr. George Cope – Vision Orlando
Bishop Kelvin Cobaris – Impact Church
Pastor Larry Mills – Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church
Bishop Allen T.D. Wiggins – The Hope Church
Dr. Joel Hunter – Northland Church
Rev. Gabriel Salguero – Inglesia El Calvario

A Fundraiser For Pulse Employees at the hammeredLAMB

As everyone knows of the serious tragedy that has affected not just our gay community and our Orlando community but our service industry community as well. Bartenders, entertainers, managers, security guards, techs, and everyone in between have rent, mortgages, electric bills and all the things we don’t think of that need to get paid for.

Our family would like to throw this party to help each and every single one of those individuals for all of those causes. Please come and help us support our extended family we would love to hug and see each and everyone of you!!

10% of bar sales to the staff

100# of 44 North Huckleberry sales to the staff

Bartenders will be donating tips

Rainbow Shades are giving back 50% of sales

Additional donations are welcome

The hammeredLAMB is located at:

1235 N. Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32804 (MAP)

<a href=”tel:407-704-3200″>(407) 704-3200</a>