Today is Orlando Pride. To mark the special occasion, Queerty asked Orlando lesbian transgender photographer Melody Maia Monet to share a sampling of her amazing photos of the local LGBTQ community along with captions, taken before and after the Pulse Nightclub massacre of June 12, 2016, in which 49 souls were lost.
Aftermath: Pulse Nightclub Memorial
After: Pulse Vigil
Before: MarcoMarco Party at Pulse
Before: Leather Night
Before: Sunday mingling
Before: Girls in Wonderland
After: Mural Center
The men of Flex Fridays at the club Southern Nights Orlando, showing love for Pulse on June 17, 2016.
After: Southern Nights Orlando
After: Survivors Benefit
Before: Pride, 2015
After: Pride, 2015
About the photographer:
Melody Maia Monet is transgender woman and lesbian living in Orlando, Florida. She is also a professional writer, photographer, singer, and YouTube personality. She writes an opinion column for Watermark, the LGBT magazine of Orlando, which you can find at www.watermarkonline.com. Her photography website is monetphoto.com, her band maintains a website at madtransitband.com, and her YouTube channel is youtube.com/user/melodymaia. She can be reached by email at email@example.com.