What happened at Pulse Nightclub? 'Queer as Folk' takes inspiration from deadliest attack on LGBTQ community
‘Queer as Folk’ stunned the world when it first arrived on Showtime in 2000 and turned out to be one of the most groundbreaking series of this generation. The series showed how people from the LGBTQ+ community deal with problems in their day-to-day lives and how they are mistreated in society. 22 years later, the show returns for another run on Peacock with new characters and a new storyline. However, the main gist of the story is how society still doesn’t accept the members of the LGBTQ+ community.
But this is not it. This time, the characters go through a lot because of a tragic incident that changes everything. In episode 1 of the Peacock series, Mingus (Fin Argus) is getting ready to be a member of a drag club. He is nervous, but some of his newly-made friends help him in gaining confidence. He gets ready for the performance and burns the stage. However, everything changes when he sees something that scares him to death.
We see a man carrying an automatic gun inside the club named Babylon and wreaking havoc by shooting people without thinking anything. The incident leaves multiple people dead and Brodie, one of the main characters on the show, saves Mingus from the bullet and gets injured. The chaotic scenes inside and around the club show the carnage caused by the shooting. Several people are injured while so many people were killed during the incident.
Unfortunately, one of Brodie’s friends Noah has been killed in the incident which sends everyone into sadness.
The entire scenario during the premiere takes us back to 2016 when a shooting incident like this happened in real life. Yes, the shooting scene in ‘Queer as Folk’ first episode is inspired by a real-life shooting incident that shocked the nation.
What happened at the Pulse Nightclub? Inside US's deadliest incident against the LGBTQ+ community
On June 12, 2016, a gay nightclub named Pulse felt the wrath of a man named Omar Mateen entered the club with a SIG Sauer MGX, a semi-automatic rifle, and a 9mm Glock 12 semi-automatic pistol. At the time, more than 300 people were present at the venue and the club was serving its last round of drinks at 2 am. He entered the club through the southern entrance and began shooting patrons.
The officer, Adam Gruler, tried to contain the situation by shooting at the attacker. However, the shooting forced him back into the club and he continued shooting victims there. When two more police officers arrived at the scene, he went further into the club and started a hostage situation. In those five minutes, reports suggest that Mateen fired more than 200 rounds and paused only when he had to reload.
A few moments later, more than 100 officers were dispatched to the scene. At around 2:45 am, Mateen called a news channel and told them that he was the shooter and he was carrying out this operation on behalf of ISIS. He also said that the US bombed his country Syria and that was also one of the reasons for the shooting. Meanwhile, the police officers entered the club and around 5:17 am, it was confirmed that the shooter was dead.
Fifty people died in the incident, including Mateen, and another 58 were injured, 53 by gunfire and five by other causes. The attack is the second-deadliest mass shooting by a single shooter in United States history, behind the 2017 Las Vegas shooting.
There was a section of people who believed that it was a hate crime against the LGBTQ community. However, Mateen allegedly did all this because of how the US bombed Iraq and Syria.
‘Queer as Folk’ is currently available for streaming on Peacock.