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Puerto Rico Dedicates First LGBT Monument to Orlando Victims
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July 05 2016 4:09 PM EST
July 06 2016 7:54 AM EST
Puerto Rico's first LGBT monument is also a memorial to the 49 victims who died during the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla.
The monument, created by Alberto del la Cruz, was built out of rectangular columns in the colors of the rainbow and placed in San Juan's Third Millennium Park.
Of the 49 victims that were killed in this tragic event, 23 were Puerto Rican. The names of the 23 Puerto Ricans are highlighted on a plaque at the base of the monument.
Lin-Manuel Miranda's powerful speech that he gave at the 2016 Tony awards appears alongside the names:
"This tribute to life strengthens our commitment to fight hate--the product of homophobia--with love and respect. Our slogan resounds in all our hearts: Love is love, is love, is love..."
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Carmen Yulin, mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, showed her support and love as she unveiled the monument with the community.