We are all grieving the tragedy that occurred in Orlando. What we are hearing is that Omar Mateen appears to have been influenced by the ideology of ISIS and had strong feelings against the LGBT community. Obviously, all the facts have not come out yet. One thing that had not been mentioned is that Pulse, the nightclub, is a small business with strong community roots, and they have also been devastated by this. Barbara Poma, the co-owner of Pulse, founded Pulse in 2004 in honor of her brother John who died of AIDS.
Equality Florida has set up a GoFundMe account to aid the victims of this tragedy. I have tried to get details about Equality Florida and know it is a 501c3 organization, so contributions are tax deductible. In their flyer, they say that all contributions are going directly to the victims and they have received over $2.5 million dollars so far. I am going to contribute to this in the name of Small Business California. I would encourage all of you to do so also.
If any of you have any additional information on Equality Florida I would appreciate hearing from you.
For those of you in San Francisco June 21 from 6 to 8 there will be an event by the Golden Gate Business Association and the National Center for Lesbian Rights. This was previously set up to honor Helen Russel and Brooke McDonnell of Equator Coffees & Teas, on being named the first LGBT Certified business in history to be named National Small Business of the Year by the SBA. It will be at the LinkedIn World Headquarters at 222-2nd Street at Howard San Francisco. You can register at the GGBA website www.GGBA.com. The program will be at 6:50.
Small Business California
2311 Taraval Street
San Francisco, CA 94116