Jimmy Somerville, l’ange d’Orlando

He presses a button that you can guess as a recorder, leans back in his seat, inhales slowly. He has a weary gesture, his eyes cloudy, his features drawn. To his left, a radiator; to its right, a baroque structure, in wood, gives a glimpse of the mouths of three chimeras, in backlight. It’s hard not to read in the word “Push”, written in clear letters on its sweet blue, a disastrous echo of the massacre that ravaged the Pulse club, in Orlando, on the night of June 11 to 12.

The silence — a few seconds that seem like hours — is pierced by its slightly cracked, almost trembling falsetto. This is Jimmy Somerville’s recognizable one. He sings a cappella a piece from 1984, Why ?, as would a bluesman taking up an ancient complaint: “Contempt in your eyes / As I turn to kiss her / I lie broken / All my feelings denied / Blood on your fist / Can you tell me why? / You and me together / Fighting for our love.” “

Her right hand grasps a white rose. Somerville offers it to Orlando survivors, and anyone watching this brief video, posted Monday, June 13 at the beginning of the afternoon on his Facebook account, and that tens of thousands of Internet users have since shared: “Never stop holding hands and kissing the lips of those you love. “ His beautiful Glasgow accent stammers, before greeting, ravaged by emotion: “This comes from the heart, bye bye. “

His Tintin puff has long since given way to a hairless skull and a finely trimmed beard, which bears the mark, here and there, of his freckles of yesteryear. In 2015, he released his best album, Homage, aged 54. There he sang the utopia of the disco years, the nightclub as a sanctuary preserved from the surrounding violence, gently, with splendor. Still a teenager, Jimmy fled Scotland and its hounds who beat him up. In London, he became a prostitute, superstar in the group Bronski Beat, gay activist, actor. His most famous film, Orlando, date 1992; he played the double role of Falsetto and Angel, an androgynous guardian angel, with a seraph voice.

Orlando murder: the Pulse, club in mourning

Three days after the attack, Angel Colon wanted to speak. The 26-year-old says he initially hesitated before confronting the press and the media. How to find the qualifiers for these hours of fear experienced at the Pulse, one of the hotspots of the gay community in Orlando, on the night of Saturday June 11 to Sunday June 12? How to describe the unspeakable, the dead, the blood, the fear? How, above all, could he imagine for a single moment that he was going to survive the killer Omar Mateen, who had come to kill him at close range like all the other victims lying around him?

Angel Colon is a miracle. Like a technical sheet, that would give three balls in the legs, one in the hip and one in the hand. He is now in a wheelchair and is one of 53 injured in the shooting, the deadliest in American history with its 49 victims identified to date. “Yes, I hesitated at first, but I need to talk about this event so that everyone can understand what is happening in our community”, he explained Tuesday to the Orlando Regional Medical Center, the hospital which received almost all of the people coming from the Pulse because of its proximity to the nightclub.

“The evening was beautiful …”

Sitting in a sanitized room on the ground floor, surrounded by his sister and several other members of his family, all of Puerto Rican origin, Angel Colon’s eyes are clouded with emotion and rage, tears too. He speaks in a correct tone in English or Spanish, the words are precise, only the flow betrays the nervousness and the fatigue contained. As if the mad desire to understand and explain what happened animated each of his sentences. With the perpetrator in sight, “A heartless being”, as he calls it, without ever pronouncing his name.

“He finished each person on the ground, he came closer, he came very close, he aimed at me in the head …”

That evening, like every Saturday, the Pulse has its Latin night. Angel Colon came with three friends. “The evening was beautiful, we drank, we only laughed”, he said. And then came the attack, the bullets, the screams. “Everything stopped, we ran, but unfortunately I was hit in the legs, I fell, I tried to crawl, to pass in front, to get out, but my left leg was broken, I had to stop me, lying down, some passed me over. “ Angel sees the shooter heading into the other room of the box. “I heard him in the distance, but unfortunately he came back, he finished each person on the ground, he came closer, he came very close, he aimed at me in the head but the bullet hit my hand, he then shot at the hip. “ Angel doesn’t move. Omar Mateen is going elsewhere.

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Nashville: canceled by ABC, the series is finally saved – news series on tv

Canceled by ABC in May, “Nashville” will finally be entitled to a fifth season, since the series was drafted by Country Music Television and the Hulu streaming platform.

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Will Connie Britton Become a TV Resurrection Specialist? After Friday Night Lights, the actress has indeed seen a second of her series drafted following a cancellation, and it is Nashville: abandoned by ABC in May, the show had ended less than a month, but has just been taken over by CMT (Country Music Television).

Either the ideal channel for the Callie Khouri series, which pits Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere in the middle of country music in Nashville, capital of Tennessee. Headed by Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, Season 5 does not yet have a release date as it has not been revealed if any changes are expected within the cast.

But it has already been announced that each episode will be available on Hulu, the streaming platform on which the series is a success, the day after its broadcast. In France, the first two seasons are available on Netflix, and the second will be visible on SerieClub from June 18.

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In New York, LGBT people proclaim “We are Orlando”

Several thousand New Yorkers gathered outside the Stonewall Inn to show their support. And to say that they are not afraid.

The reading of the names of the Orlando victims ends. In the crowd, moved, we see a few tears that flow, we embrace and we comfort each other. The wind, which rose at the beginning of the evening, seems to have given a moment of respite to the candles which hoisted themselves above the heads among the rainbow flags and the signs of homage to the 50 killed.

As in other American cities, thousands of New Yorkers gathered on Monday in the narrow streets around the Stonewall Inn, a bar symbol of the LGBT fight in the United States, to proclaim loud and clear “We are Orlando ”. Trans, gay, lesbian, queer, straight, young and old: some had come with a bouquet of flowers to drop in front of the memorial that stood in the small park across from Stonewall. Others with pieces of chalk to write the names of the victims and their ages on the ground. Leandro Rodriguez had come with the photos of two victims.

I am from Puerto Rico. like the bulk of the victims in Orlando. On Sunday, we walked in the annual New York City Puerto Ricans Parade and were celebrated for who we were. But this tragedy has shown us that there are still people who hate us.

New York Stonewall Inn Orlando
Throughout Monday, messages of mobilization and support from American LGBT associations multiplied. Calls for vigilance too, as the annual Pride Month festivities (Pride Month) are in full swing in several major American cities. The organizers of several marches have announced that security will be increased.

We made a lot of progress to create safe spaces for LGBT people, then this slaughter happened and it feels like starting from scratch, regrets Luis, a forty-something who came with two other friends to drop a candle.
I’m not afraid, but today I’m confused, adds Peter, a 27-year-old New Yorker. I am comforted by the expressions of love, but the spills of hate on the web worry me too.
He attacked our sanctuary. Gay bars are places where we feel safe, says Dick Jefferson, who says he has been a victim of homophobic violence in the past. But it made us stronger. Many friends have taken to the streets tonight. Hopefully New York Gay Pride will be safe.

New York Stonewall Inn Orlando
Several association leaders and politicians came to address the crowd. Among them, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, who called for the 2016 New York Gay Pride Parade to be “the biggest in history” on June 26. The mayor of New York and open supporter of Hillary Clinton, Bill de Blasio, attacked political figures who “sow hatred”. Allusion to Donald Trump, who was trying just hours after the tragedy to recover it for election purposes.
After almost two hours, the compact crowd dispersed under the eyes of the many police officers mobilized for the occasion. Hugo, a young Mexican, made a promise to himself at that time:

Usually, I am a Gay Pride spectator. This year, I will participate, walk in the procession. It has a different meaning today.

François Hollande learns that you can choose your words … but not your sexual orientation

Cit started with a good intention. After a first generic tweet posted Sunday – bound for “American people” as a whole – the President of the French Republic added, Monday, June 13 at 3:41 p.m., another text in which the homophobic dimension of the Orlando tragedy appeared.

Unfortunately, if the motivations were laudable, the mention “Choose your sexual orientation” twitched, until the tweet was withdrawn and rephrased, as if nothing had happened. Proof that French politicians are still very uncomfortable when it comes to discussing homosexuality and its problems. A few minutes after the publication of the first tweet, the indignant responses to the Head of State, and the outraged reactions mentioning his blunder, began to rain.

On the media side, Yagg, the website for the LGBT community, was one of the first to react, while the blunder was already leaving Twitter to migrate to other social networks and make a living, taking on an unprecedented scale. But at 5:12 p.m., the first text was deleted (the page is now not found), and a new tweet written, in front of the outcry.

The latter replaced “The freedom to choose one’s sexual orientation” by “The freedom to live your sexual orientation”. Note: in the haste, the term “Appalling” disappeared from the second version, François Hollande having preferred to keep the verb ” to choose “ attached to ” way of life “, in this less controversial formulation.

But if a tweet can be deleted, the words it uses, filmed by France Télévisions, remain. We find the part of the offending sentence. And if some users thank Mr. Holland for the update, the majority do not forget, and, keeping traces of any errors, remind him of his clumsiness, even after the deletion of the first tweet. Is that, as The world As noted on Monday, words take on special importance in such circumstances. You might as well be precise, especially when you are the President of the Republic.

Other “official” reactions contested

Other “official” accounts have reacted with varying degrees of opportunism and cynicism to the Pulse massacre. Like Christine Boutin, Robert Ménard, La Manif pour tous, or, abroad, the Australian Prime Minister. All known for their usual positions against “gay culture”, marriage, or the rights of the LGBTQI community (“Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex”, in original version). This time they wanted to show their support, angering many internet users.

Christine Boutin, sentenced in 2015 for “Public provocation to hatred or violence” towards homosexuals, tweeted a compassionate message:

The same unifying story for the association La Manif pour tous, whose mobilization against the opening of marriage to homosexual couples, in 2013, had led to a number of homophobic slippages:

Abroad, and to return to a level of protocol equivalent to that of the French President, François Hollande, the Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, caused an outcry by tweeting his obligatory message of condolence. The reason ? The deliberate forgetting of the homophobic motive for the killing, and his repeated reluctance to open marriage to same-sex couples in Australia – while he was officially in favor, during his “putsch” against Tony Abbott, in September 2015.

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Will Connie Britton Become a TV Resurrection Specialist? After Friday Night Lights, the actress has indeed seen a second of her series drafted following a cancellation, and it is Nashville: abandoned by ABC in May, the show had ended less than a month, but has just been taken over by CMT (Country Music Television).

Either the ideal channel for the Callie Khouri series, which pits Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere in the middle of country music in Nashville, capital of Tennessee. Headed by Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, Season 5 does not yet have a release date as it has not been revealed if any changes are expected within the cast.

But it has already been announced that each episode will be available on Hulu, the streaming platform on which the series is a success, the day after its broadcast. In France, the first two seasons are available on Netflix, and the second will be visible on SerieClub from June 18.

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The Victims of Orlando – Panorama

Anderson Cooper wants to tell a different story. Unlike what most of the media are saying these days. He wants to tell a story without giving the name of the perpetrator, without showing a picture of him. Cooper doesn’t ask who the man was who killed at least 49 people and partially injured 53 people. Neither does he ask about his surroundings or about the man’s personal beliefs.

He only wants to give a name to those who wanted to celebrate, dance and be happy that evening, but instead gave their lives.

Cooper, 59, is a well-known CNN journalist. In his report, he initially looks like a typical reporter, in the background you can see the blue lights of a patrol car and a police barrier. Cooper tries to put into words what happened at the Pulse Club in Orlando on Sunday.

“They are more than just a list of names. They are people who loved and were loved. They were people with family, friends and dreams,” said Cooper.

He speaks in a brittle voice, he has to stop several times. It takes more than six minutes to go through the list of names of all 49 victims. They were young people, some of them less than twenty years old. They were fathers, heterosexual but also homosexual couples. It was a mother of eleven children who wanted to celebrate with her son.

A name and a sentence are not enough to do justice to the stories of the victims. Not much is known about many more. But Cooper’s report shows that a name and a sentence can turn individuals into mere victims:

Stanley Almodovar III., 23, published a video of himself shortly before the shootout, which shows him walking towards the club laughing and singing. Eddie Justice, a 30-year-old accountant, wrote a message to his mother during the massacre: “Mom, I love you.” Juan Guerrero, a 22-year-old student from Florida, didn’t come to his family until the beginning of the year. He died with his 32-year-old friend Christopher Leinonen. During the night, his mother drove to the crime scene and explained how proud she was of her son, who always campaigned for homosexuals and even received a prize for it. Amanda Alvear, 25, was recording a video for the social media platform Snapchat when the first shots were fired. Then the video stops. She was in the club with a friend, the 26-year-old student of literature. Mercedez Flores. Joel Paniagua, 32, grew up in Mexico and has lived in Florida for less than a year. He had moved to Florida to earn money as a designer to send his family to Mexico.

Peter Gonzalez-Cruz, 22, nickname Ommy, visited the club with his best friend, Gilberto Menendez, a 25 year old student. Anthony Disla, 25, born in Puerto Rico, worked as a drag queen. Jean Perez, 35, also born in Puerto Rico, worked in a perfume shop. There he met his 37-year-old friend ten years ago Luis Wilson-Leon know. Akyra Monet Murray, 18, is the youngest victim of the massacre. She recently graduated from high school and wanted to start studying. Luis Vielma, 22, worked for the Harry Potter world of an amusement park in Orlando.

Jason Josaphat, 19, is the second youngest victim of the massacre. When he heard the first gunshots, he called his mother and spoke to her. Miguel Honorato, 30, worked as a manager of a Mexican restaurant. He was married with three children. Kimberly Morris, 37, was a bouncer at the Pulse Club and just moved from Hawaii to Florida a few months ago. Brenda Marquez McCool, 49, was a mother of eleven children and, as is so often the case, spent the evening with her son in Pulse. The 21-year-old survived. Paul Henry, 41, came from Chicago and had two children. Most of all, according to his partner Francisco Hernandez, he will miss Henry’s laugh. Cory Connell, 21, was a student at Valencia College in Orlando and wanted to be a fireman.

Luis Ocasio-Capo, 20, was a dancer and collaborator at Starbucks. Eric Ortiz-Rivera, 36, was married and lived in Orlando. Darryl Burt II., 29, worked at Keizer University in Florida. Deonka Drayton, 32, nickname Dee Dee, was a bartender at the Pulse Club. over Alejandro Martinez, 21, is little known. His cell phone is said to have been one of those who rang the doorbell during the identification process. Franky Velazquez was a 50 year old dancer. Martin Torres, 33, came from Puerto Rico and studied. Xavier Rosade, 35, was the father of a son. Oscar Aracena-Montero, 26, had just returned from vacationing in Canada before visiting Pulse. He died with his friend Simon Adrian Fernandez, 31. Edward Sotomayor, 34, worked for a travel agency for gays and lesbians.

Enrique Rios, 25, attended a nursing school and worked as a social worker. He was visiting Brooklyn from Brooklyn. Yilmary Solvian, 24, was originally from Puerto Rico but lived in Orlando. She was married, had two little sons, and was with the 24-year-old that evening Jonathan Vega and her brother-in-law William Borges at the Pulse Club. Borges was the only one of the three to survive the massacre. Geraldo Ortiz-Jimenez was the last victim identified, he was 25 years old. Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25, was a hotel employee.

Jerald Wright, 31, worked at Disney World. Leroy fernandez, 25, worked for a leasing company and loved to sing him Adele songs at his office. Tevin Crosby, 25, was a manager from Michigan. Angel Candelario-Padro, 28, had recently moved to Orlando because he had started a new job as a technician there. Jean Rodriguez, 27, was a manager and had only bought a house a month and a half ago. He wanted to offer his mother a nice home with the house. Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40, worked as a seller at Gucci. Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33, worked as a singer in a cover band and performed in another club on the evening of the massacre before going into the pulse. Rodolfo Aayala-Aayala, 33, was a Puerto Rican and worked for a blood donation organization.

Frank Hernandez, 27, worked in a Calvin Klein store. After his death, his sister wrote about him that he had been a loving brother. Christopher Josephs Sanfeliz, 24, was an employee of a bank. Antonio Davon Brown, 29, was a lieutenant in the US Army. Luis Conde, 39, was a Puerto Rican and spent the evening with his 37-year-old partner Juan Velazquezwho was also killed.

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Where does the LGBT community flag come from?

On the night of June 12, the United States was the victim of a terrible terrorist attack. More than fifty people lost their lives in a club in the city of Orlando after an individual opened fire. A large part of the victims were linked to the LGBT community (Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual). As a sign of homage, countries around the world have dressed their bridges and monuments in the colors of the “rainbow flag” (literally the rainbow flag). Back on the origin of this emblem.

It was in 1978, during the Gay and Lesbian parade in San Francisco, that several demonstrators displayed the “rainbow flag” for the first time. If originally eight colors (red, pink, orange, yellow, green, turquoise, blue and purple) adorned the fabric, today the flag has only six.

The rainbow flag, a symbol of the LGBT community, was drawn by hand by an American graphic designer by the name of Gilbert Baker in 1978, at the time 27 years old. The origin of the flag remains unclear. Some believe that the young graphic designer was inspired by the famous “flag of races”, used on American campuses in the 1960s.

Other exegetes see it as a reference to the famous song Over the rainbow, sung by Judy Garland in the film The Wizard of Oz. However, there is one point of view: the different colors of the flag represent the diversity of sexual orientations.

Each color has a meaning: red corresponds to life and healing. The orange represents health and pride. Yellow, meanwhile, symbolizes light. Green corresponds to nature. Blue goes with serenity and harmony while purple indicates spirit.

Since 1978, the flag has evolved. The pink color disappeared due to an industrial constraint. It was too complicated to reproduce. While the turquoise was removed after the death of Harvey Milk, in order to be able to divide the flag in two equal parts so that it can be displayed on both sides of the street.

Over the years, this flag has become a standard, a universal symbol that sends a strong message: the freedom to love.

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homophobic obsession with ISIS

The current FBI investigation will have to say, in the coming days and weeks, the degree of connection between Omar Seddique Mateen and the Islamic State (IS) organization, to which he would have pledged allegiance a few moments before taking action and to commit the worst mass murder in US history, killing at least 49 people in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Whether he is a self-radicalized “lone wolf” or an agent “on mission” of the jihadist organization, Omar Mateen has chosen a target corresponding to his personal obsessions as well as to the ideology of ISIS.

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According to a recent scene reported by his father, Mir Seddique, interviewed by the American channel NBC, “We were in downtown Miami (…). And [Omar Mateen] saw two men kissing in front of the eyes of his wife and child, and he got very angry ”. “They were kissing and touching and he said, ‘Look at this. In front of my son, they do that ””, added Mr. Seddique, assuring that the shooting on Sunday had “Nothing to do with religion”. Conversely, a former co-worker, Samuel King, himself a declared homosexual, describes him as indifferent to the question in the mid-2000s: “What shocks me is that the majority of the staff at Ruby Tuesday’s when I worked there were gay. He was obviously not anti-homosexual, at least not at the time. He didn’t show any hatred towards us. “

However, the Orlando massacre comes against a backdrop of growing tensions in the United States around the issue of homosexual rights. Since the legalization, by the Supreme Court, of same-sex marriage, obtained by a narrow majority, elected conservatives have led a veritable judicial guerrilla war, which has crystallized on the issue of the toilets that transgender people should use. A dozen states, mostly headed by a Republican governor, are suing Barack Obama’s government on this issue.

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IS denounces “homosexual deviance”

Undoubtedly to rule out any beginning of controversy over their responsibility in this climate of intolerance, even hatred, towards the LGBT community (lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender), the elected Republican preferred to emphasize, in the hours which followed the Orlando massacre, on the jihadist trail.

It is true that IS propaganda, disseminated in particular through its online monthly Dabiq, gives a very special place to the denunciation of “Homosexual deviance”. In the January 2015 issue of the review, the propagandists of the “caliphate” make a mockery “The sexual revolution that took place five decades ago in the West”, the “Legalization of sodomite marriage” and the introduction, “From kindergarten, books intended to fight” homophobia “”.

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The text is embellished with photographs of the treatment of homosexuals in the territory of the “caliphate”: they are rushed from the top of buildings blindfolded. The gay and lesbian rights NGO Outright Action International has documented 43 cases of public executions from videos uploaded by IS propagandists. However, several testimonies from deserters from the jihadist movement point to widespread homosexual practices within IS, as well as cases of rape of persons of the same sex by IS fighters. Practices stifled by death sentences pronounced by the courts of the caliphate which target… the victims.