July 6, 2016 at 1:27 pm EDT | by Staff reports
Puerto Rico dedicates first LGBT monument
San Juan, Puerto Rico, monument, gay news, Washington Blade

Puerto Rico’s first LGBT-specific monument is located in Third Millennium Park in the U.S. commonwealth’s capital of San Juan. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz on June 26 officially unveiled the U.S. commonwealth’s first LGBT-specific monument.

The monument — which is located in Third Millennium Park in the Puerto Rican capital — features seven columns with rainbow-colored mosaics.

“We are celebrating life,” said Yulín, according to Noticel.com. “We must work together to eradicate discrimination and homophobia. We must raise our voice for justice and equity for each human being.”

Yulín dedicated the monument to the 49 people who died inside the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., on June 12.

Nearly half of the massacre victims were LGBT Puerto Ricans.

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