Pulse Nightclub survivor to speak as part of free Germanna Community Conversations series tonight
From Germanna Community College:
Brandon Wolf, Pulse Nightclub shooting survivor, nationally recognized gun safety advocate and LGBTQ rights advocate, will speak as part of Germanna’s Community Conversations series at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19.
Wolf is a gun safety and LGBTQ civil rights advocate who serves as National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ+ civil rights organization.
On June 12, 2016, he crouched in a bathroom while a gunman opened fire at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub, killing his best friends, Drew Leinonen and Juan Guerrero, and 47 others. Rather than be devoured by the anger and fear of tragedy, Wolf set out to honor the victims’ legacies with action.
In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, Wolf co-founded The Dru Project, a nonprofit organization that works to empower youth and provide future leaders in the LGBTQ community funding for higher education. To date, the organization has given over $150,000 in college scholarships to rising leaders. He also became an outspoken activist in the gun violence prevention movement, partnering with March For Our Lives, Everytown, Giffords, and others to demand legislative solutions to the epidemic. In 2019, he became the first survivor of the tragedy at Pulse Nightclub to testify before Congress.
Wolf is a frequent guest on MSNBC (The Reid Out & American Voices), CNN, and in print publications (CNN.com, USA Today, Newsweek, Teen Vogue, Washington Post, The Advocate, Out Magazine) weaving his story into calls to action. He has been recognized by HuffPost as one of “30 modern-day LGBTQ pioneers” and Business Equality Magazine as one of 40 LGBTQ Leaders Under 40.