Luis Javier Ruiz, a survivor of the June 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting, has claimed he is no longer gay because he has found Christ.
In a Facebook post that has since been deleted, Ruiz shared that he believes God saved him from the “struggles of perversion.”
“I should have been number 50! Going through old pictures of the night of Pulse, I remember my struggles of perversion, heavy drinking to drown out everything and having promiscuous sex that led to HIV. My struggles were real ! The enemy had its grip, and now God has taken me from that moment and has given me Christ Jesus,” Ruiz wrote.
He continued, “I’ve grown to know His love in a deeper level. 2 out of the 49 were my close friends and are no longer with us. They lost their life that night. I should have been number 50 but now I have the chance to live in relationship and not religion – not just loving Christ but being in love with Christ and sharing His love. I know who I am and I am not defined with who the enemy says I use to be – but who Christ Jesus says I am.”
Ruiz hinted at his new belief in an interview with the Florida Catholic in 2017.
“I survived because I believe God still had a purpose for me,” Ruiz said at the time. “My life really did change after Pulse. I am a different person now. Life is really a blessing. … I hate that I lost so many friends, but at the same time I know these beautiful guys are all in heaven. My life has changed, but do hate the fact that it took this tragedy to change my life.”
The Christian Post reports that Ruiz will attend the Freedom March at the National Sylvan Theater on Saturday, May 5. The event describes itself as a celebration of “freedom from homosexuality and transgenderism.”
The Freedom March event page reposted Ruiz’s Facebook message with the message “Share if you believe homosexuals can change.”