When 49 people were shot dead at a gay club in Orlando last month, the world came together and mourned for them.
Vigils were held around the world, and the victims were in everyone’s thoughts during Pride weekend.
The bodies of those killed at Pulse nightclub have all since been released to next of kin. Even the gunman, Omar Mateen, has been collected.
But one man’s body was left behind, because his father was so ashamed of his homosexuality he refused to pick him up.
‘The tale is part of the untold stories of the Latino victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre,’ Orlando Latino reports.
The authorities haven’t named the man, so as not to ‘further victimise’ him, but it has been confirmed that he was Puerto Rican.
‘The pain of being Puerto Rican and gay is real,’ the site continued. ‘In the island’s macho culture (relative to the states), anti-gay bias is not subtle and has reached the highest levels of government.’
Another publication, The Advocate, added that this form of homophobia hearkens back to the height of the AIDs crisis – when ‘countless numbers of young gay men died and family members did not claim the bodies of their so-called loved ones’.