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The two men also posed in front of a poster left over from President Obama’s trip. Ferguson said the boyfriend had not told his parents, who live in Mexico, that he was gay. “You face such horrible loss and then can’t share it.” Scrolling through the Facebook profile of Stanley Almodovar III, a reader will see image after image of a young man who seemed to love flirting with the camera. His friend Hazel Ramirez told The Washington Post that Mr. It was evident on his Facebook page that he was unafraid to express it. “I love you from here to heaven,” he wrote in Spanish. “The NAHJ familia is heartbroken and offers our condolences to Jonathan’s family in Florida and Puerto Rico,” Mekahlo Medina, the organization’s president, wrote in the statement.

Her daughter played the piano and sang in the choir, trio and gospel group.

Sotomayor found an Airbnb rental near the Malecon, an esplanade along the coast. “He wanted the experience of what it was like to immerse himself in Cuban culture and society.” Mr. Sotomayor’s boyfriend of about three years had gone outside to put some things into the car when the gunman began shooting. Sotomayor texted him that he was hiding but safe, and told him not to come back inside, Mr. “I wish I had that (video) to remember him forever,” she told the newspaper. “There was so much fear in the American gay community to go to Cuba because of how they would be perceived and treated and potential security risks,” Mr. “And Eddie was probably one of the leading voices to say Cuba was exceptionally safe for the gay community, and Cuba was really anxious to welcome the gay community.

And instead of sleeping on the ship during their stay in Havana, Mr. Sotomayor texted his boyfriend again, saying he was still hiding. In a May 28 post in which he updated his profile image, he wrote, “Yes I wear makeup and I’m still a man about it tho.” His mother, Rosalie Ramos, told The Orlando Sentinel that her son, a 23-year-old pharmacy technician, had posted a Snapchat video of himself singing and laughing on his way to Pulse nightclub. The rest of her sentence was drowned out by gunshots — at least 17 shots in six seconds. Sabad Borges, who said he was shot twice, wrote in a Facebook post late Sunday that Ms. “Mary I love you with all the forces of my being.” In the post, Mr. Born in Sarasota, Fla., to a Puerto Rican father, Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34, made it his life’s mission to open doors for gay travelers, especially in Latin America. And as the national brand manager for a travel agency that catered to gay people, he organized what the company’s owner, Al Ferguson, called the first ever gay cruise to Cuba.

The company later told him it was one of the first rentals in Cuba, and asked him to write a review. Ferguson added, “I’m just so proud of what Eddie did in his travels, especially in opening doors for gay Americans.” Mr. “He made a joke in the text to me that it was like the Malecon,” Mr. Twenty-three minutes before the shooting started, Mr. Sotomayor sent a Snapchat image of himself, with the signature black top hat he would wear as a tour leader digitally added on his head. Sotomayor liked going to Pulse was its Latin events. Ferguson said, many other gay people with Latin American roots struggled with prejudice from family members. Amanda Alvear was dancing and enjoying music on a crowded dance floor at Pulse before shots rang out. Alvear, 25, had posted a series of short videos to her Snapchat account, one of which appears to capture the moment that the gunman began firing into the crowd. And it turned out to be true.“ During the trip, in April, Mr. Ferguson met with Mariela Castro, Raúl Castro’s daughter and a prominent gay rights advocate there.

Sotomayor also planned a “Drag Stars at Sea” cruise, featuring cast members from the television show “Ru Paul’s Drag Race.” The two were in touch on Saturday night. Ferguson was visiting a friend about an hour from Pulse, and Mr. The two men also posed in front of a poster left over from President Obama’s trip. Ferguson said the boyfriend had not told his parents, who live in Mexico, that he was gay. “You face such horrible loss and then can’t share it.” As a vocalist for the cover band Frequency, which he had started and helped manage, Shane Evan Tomlinson gave rhythmic, high-energy renditions of classics from the Beatles and Earth, Wind and Fire.

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