A United States Marine Named Imran Yousuf Set To Attend Houston Pride Parade On Saturday. Yousuf, Considered A Hero For Saving At Least 70 Lives At Pulse Nightclub In Orlando.
In a show of courage and support a rainbow ‘Pride’ flag bearing the 49 names of our fellow brothers and sisters that we lost at Pulse Nightclub will be proudly marched through the crowded streets of downtown Houston on Saturday. Proudly accompanying this symbol of ‘hope, love, and support’ will be Imran Yousuf, a staff member of Pulse Nightclub and a veteran.
As a Marine veteran who served in Afghanistan, Yousuf is being hailed as a hero for helping scores of people escape from an Orlando nightclub targeted by a terrorist and through his actions on that fateful night dozens of lives were saved.
Guests are invited to sign their names to the flag after the parade at the Houston Pride Festival. Signatures represent a show of solidarity, strength, hope, and love to those affected by the tragedy.
“The flag will be delivered to the Orlando Pride Parade. We want to tell Orlando we remember and we stand with them. We stand against hate and stand for love. #WeAreOrlando” Pride Houston stated.
Houston Pride will provide 1000 glow sticks to attendees near the Bud Light stage at Smith and McKinney. Guests are also encouraged to bring their own flashlights or glow sticks. Frankie Quijano, organizer of the Houston Pride Festival, says this regarding the significance of the lights:
“We will not let fear control us or force us back into the closet. Our community has come to far in our fight for equality to turn back now. Let your light shine in our community’s darkest hour. Our light will shine not just in remembrance of the lives lost in Orlando but also to remind the world that our light will shine brightly no matter what challenges we face. For we have hope and as Harvey Milk stated, ‘Hope will Never be silent!'”-Frankie Quijano, Pride Houston.