Pulse’s Resident DJs Open Up About Life After the Orlando Shooting

June 30, 2016 David Garber

On June 12, a gunman attacked an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, killing 49 people and injuring 53 in what was the deadliest mass shooting in US history. It happened in the early hours of Sunday morning, as Pulse's popular Latin Night was underway. Three of the DJs playing at the club that night—DJ Infinite, DJ Simon2001, and DJ Flawless—came down to New York this Monday (June 27) to headline THUMP's fundraiser for the victims of the shooting. Before the party got underway, THUMP sat down with the DJs to talk about what Pulse meant to the LGBTQ nightlife community, and how they're all coping in the wake of the tragedy.

Watch their stories above, and donate to EqualityFlorida's Pulse Victims Fund here.

THUMP is excited to announce that we're throwing a Pride closing party fundraiser with our friends from Output in Brooklyn for the victims of the Orlando shooting on Monday June 27, from 5-10 PM.

The DJs playing the party are Pulse's own residents. DJ InfiniteDJ Flawless, and DJ Simon were all playing when the shooting happened, but now they're coming up to New York to show us how Orlando gets a party going. Opening from 5-6PM is NYC-based DJ Michael Magnan—a fixture in the local nightlife scene, and a resident at two of New York's best gay parties, Ladyfag's 11:11 and Holy Mountain. It couldn't be a more fitting way to close out Pride weekend—and our weekend-long series exploring the intersection of LGBTQ culture and nightlife.

So join us on Output's gorgeous roof deck on Monday night with its views over the East River while Pulse's DJs soundtrack the sunset. Entry is $10—or a donation of your choice—at the door; all proceeds from the event will go to Equality Florida's campaign to support the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando. Even though over six million dollars has already been raised, the organization still needs help meeting their fundraising goal. Equality Florida is working directly with the National Center for Victims of Crime to distribute the contributions to victims of the Orlando attack via their National Compassion Fund.

For those that can't be there, we've got you covered—we're livestreaming the whole event on Facebook Live. Wherever you are in the world, you can still help the victims by supporting Equality Florida's GoFundMe campaign.