Join us on June 7-9th for Wear Orange, as we unite in our call to end gun violence and honor the more than 120 people who are shot and killed, and hundreds more who are wounded and traumatized, every day in our country. Read some of the stories of those affected by gun violence below.

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Anonymous

I was at DC Pride 2019. It was supposed to be a good, fun time. A celebration. The merriment came to an end, however, when everyone started screaming. People from within DuPont Circle started screaming and running, toppling barricades and yelling at fellow parade-goers to run. Naturally, I grabbed my things and my friends and tried to find shelter. I had no idea what was happening; I was separated from my mom, and one of my friends was missing.

This isn’t that unbelievable, a shooting at Pride, I thought. I hugged my mother tighter than I ever had when I found her, so scared I’d lost her for good.

We never found out what started the commotion. Different news outlets said different things: a fight happened, a gun was pulled, a pistol was found. What I do know is that I feared for my life that day, and I thought I’d die because I chose to go out into the world as a proud LGBT+ person.

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