A gay bar in Bloomington raised more than $2,000 for the victims and families affected by the mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando during a benefit Wednesday night.
The Back Door hosted a drag show and spoken word even to honor the victims of the attack. Their pictures were displayed on a poster board and illuminated by candles as a way for people to pay their respects.
Half of the money from the fundraiser will go to Equality Florida and the remainder will be sent to an organization collecting money for Pulse employees.
Nicci Boroski is the co-owner of the Backdoor, as well as the director of arts and entertainment. She says they decided to donate part of the money to Pulse employees after considering how Backdoor employees would make a living if they found themselves in a similar situation.
“It’s such a celebratory thing, and it’s so important,” Boroski said of having safe spaces for the LGBTQ community. “And the fact that somebody would come in and violently assault that. It’s just, you know, my heart broke into a million pieces at that point, and if anyone tried to hurt this community, it’s just, you feel responsible. I couldn’t forgive myself.”
Boroski says it’s important to recognize the shooting was a hate-crime targeting the Latinx population. Latinx is the the gender-inclusive term used to refer to people of Latin American descent.
Indy Pride also has a fundraiser planned to raise money for those impacted by the Orlando tragedy Thursday night.