Honor Them With Action

Last year, over 147 million people were reached by the #HonorThemWithAction hashtag, a campaign to commemorate the one-year mark of the Pulse Massacre. Individuals, organizations, and companies – across the nation – used the hashtag to post how they were actively challenging anti-LGBTQ harassment, discrimination, and violence.

The National Equality March made #HonorThemWithAction their slogan. The Human Rights Campaign, the National LGBTQ Task Force, Gays Against Guns and GLAAD were among national organizations that used #HonorThemWithAction to help amplify the message. You can view the full list of more than 200 partner organizations here.

The effort was also embraced by celebrities including George Takei, RuPaul, U2 and  Sara Ramirez. Major league sports teams Miami Heat and the Tampa Bay Rays also used the hashtag to raise awareness about the movement. The Tampa Bay Rays also created a video they shared on social media and played at their game during Pride Night on June 9, 2017.

Just as powerful were the messages for ordinary people in small towns who used the moment to take a brave step:

  • “I finally came out to my Aunt. #HonorThemWithAction”
  • “I asked my company to adopt a nondiscrimination policy. #HonorThemWithAction”
  • “I volunteered with a group that works to end school bullying. #HonorThemWithAction”

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As we approach the 2-year mark of Pulse, we encourage you to once again use #HonorThemWithAction to remember the victims and their families and to share how you are taking action, large or small, to make your community safer, better, and more equal for all of us.

Here is our request:

Use the hashtag #HonorThemWithAction on social media to share organization or individual stories to raise awareness about the work you are doing to uproot anti-LGBTQ bias and bigotry. We want to encourage actions large and small that make a difference:

  • “I called my state representative and senator to voice support for a bill that would provide clear, statewide nondiscrimination protections for the LGBTQ community. #HonorThemWithAction”
  • “I donated to an organization that works to end homelessness for LGBTQ people. #HonorThemWithAction”
  • “I attended a rally to call upon my elected officials to pass common-sense gun safety reform. #HonorThemWithAction”

We must ensure the lasting memorial is the real change of uprooting anti-LGBTQ hatred, discrimination, and violence in our culture.

Thank you for standing with us to do the work of fully addressing and combating hatred wherever it exists.


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Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old
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Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old
Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old
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Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old
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