Pulse survivor Luis Javier Ruiz has proclaimed via his Facebook page that he’s found Christ and is no longer a gay man.
Ruiz posted to his Facebook page on Friday, April 27, 2018, “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 I’v grown to know his love in a deeper level…”
Not only did NBCNews.com share Ruiz’ message of salvation, they also indicated that the survivor’s message just happens to be days before the Saturday, May 5, 2018, Freedom March in Washington.
Ruiz shared this revelation just ahead of the Freedom March, to be held May 5 in Washington. The event bills itself as a “celebration of freedom from homosexuality and transgenderism” and is organized by Voice of the Voiceless, a religious group whose mission is “to defend the rights of former homosexuals, individuals with unwanted same-sex attraction, and their families,” according to its website.
NBCNews.com even posted even posted a Freedom March Facebook post with Ruiz’ image while in the hospital and his original Facebook post declaring his love for Jesus and born-again heterosexuality. Also, plastered in big font on top of yellow bold strips are the quotes from Freedom March, “SHARE IF YOU BELIEVE,” and “HOMOSEXUALS CAN CHANGE!”
The June 2016 mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub that killed 49 clubgoers and injured countless others was a true historic tragedy that struck close to home for the LGBT community throughout the United States and beyond.
We must stand strong in unity when tragedy plagues our community. Our hearts go out to all the survivors and loved ones of our fallen brothers and sisters.