Pulse Night club was a popular gay bar, night club, and dance club in the Orlando Area. It opened in 2004 and was a hot spot for LGBTQ citizens in the Orlando to visit and a place in which they felt comfortable to be themselves. The club’s founder, Barbara Poma, named the club in honor of her brother who died of AIDS in 1991 she said it was named for “John’s pulse to live on.”


  • This logo was created to commemorate all those who died and were wounded during the attack.
    This logo was created to commemorate all those who died and were wounded during the attack.
  • Patrons dancing to music.
    Patrons dancing to music.
  • Pulse, as it appeared on the tragic night of June 12, 2016.
    Pulse, as it appeared on the tragic night of June 12, 2016.

On June 12, 2016 Pulse was attacked by Omar Mateen who killed 49 people and wounded 53 others. This was classified as the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since September 11, 2001 and the deadliest mass shooting in US history. The attack and its immediate aftermath sparked activism throughout the Orlando area, with people lining up at blood banks for hours so they could donate to help victims of the tragedy and hosting vigils in honor of the fallen. 
Today the club remains closed and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer has proposed a plan to keep it this way permanently and to create a memorial in memory of all those killed that night.

Hjelmgaard, Kim. "Orlando's club Pulse owes its name and spirit to 'loving brother' who died from AIDS." USA TodayI. June 12, 2016. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2016/06/12/pulse-more-than-just-another-gay-club/85785762...

Mettler, Katie. "Orlando’s club Pulse owes its name and spirit to ‘loving brother’ who died from AIDS." Washington Post. June 13, 2016. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/06/13/more-than-just-another-gay-club-pulse-...