It was two years ago Tuesday that 49 people were killed by a gunman in a LGBTQ nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla.
Communities are remembering the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting across the country Tuesday, as LGBTQ advocates work to continue to raise visibility and awareness.
The Newburgh LGBTQ+ Center is a local group that started a few months after the shooting at Pulse. Since 2016, it has worked to bring issues facing LGBTQ people of color to the forefront.
Leaders from the group say that violence against LGBTQ people is all to common, especially those who are racial minorities.
"It was really scary because we don't have that many places to go," said Phoenix Gayle, one of the head organizers for the Newburgh LGBTQ+ Center. "We don't have that many places to be seen and to be heard and to come together."
Recently, the group participated in Hudson Valley Pride in New Paltz and held its own Prince tribute pride event. Members say the goal is to make more people aware that LGBTQ people of color are present in the Hudson Valley, and to support one another.