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Tampa recognizes anniversary of Pulse victims with Pride flags, video

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Unlike their friends in county government a few blocks east on Kennedy Blvd., Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn‘s administration is recognizing the anniversary of the mass shooting of 49 people at the Pulse LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, which took place one year ago June 12, 2016.

The city is hanging the rainbow Pride flag from the top of Old City Hall this weekend; the rainbow colors will be featured over the five downtown bridges.

Tampa is also showing solidarity with Orlando in a new thirty-second video titled, “Dear Orlando,” which features footage from the vigil held in Ybor City two nights after the massacre last June, as well as a march in Ybor during the city’s Pride festival in March.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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