On Sunday morning, we woke to news of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. We at MTV News, like the rest of the country, were horrified by this violence, and we have worked to cover this story in ways we believed would be most valuable to readers looking for guidance, connection, hope, and a way to channel the sometimes overwhelming grief and anger. Here is a roundup of our coverage; we hope it has provided some kind of signal in all the noise.
"How To Help Orlando," our resource list of concrete ways to help heal our brothers and sisters in Florida.
"How Do We Talk About Guns After A Mass Shooting?" Jaime Fuller's in-depth breakdown of the conversations we have after tragedies like this, and what — if anything — has been done.
"En Casa: Finding Home At Latin Night," Erik Roldan's moving piece on the importance of queer spaces for Latinxs.
Jes Skolnik on concrete steps for making bars and clubs safer — something more urgent than ever.
A stirring essay from Carvell Wallace on what prayers for Orlando really get us — and how to make all those thoughts actually change something.
In that vein, "You Must Remember This," Ana Marie Cox's thoughtful dissection of the hypocrisy of anti-LGBTQ politicians offering their prayers for the victims in Orlando.
Ira Madison III's trip to Los Angeles Pride in the wake of Orlando, where he witnessed music triumph over fear.
Our video crew made sure to say the 49 victims' names — and call out the senators who have voted against background checks.
"Unforgettable," Eric Torres's deeply personal call to never forget that it was Latin night at Pulse.
Jamil Smith's passionate breakdown of why we must not accept a violent America for our political video series "The Racket."
Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib asks the simple, yet eminently important question: In a world of never-ending violence against the marginalized, how can we keep going?
Our weekly political podcast "The Stakes" features interviews with Alex Sierra, a member of Orlando's LGTBQ community, about the importance of Pulse and spaces like it; DJ Oscar Nñ of Papi Juice about the role of intentional, queer, and POC spaces in building community and solidarity; Alexei Romanoff, a survivor of the Black Cat Tavern riots of 1967; and Dan Savage about this act of violence in the broader context of the gay rights movement. The episode also features Jane Coaston on what LGTBQ spaces have meant to her, and Marcus Ellsworth on the importance of recognizing victims as not just queer but as Latinx.
Erica Futterman celebrates the Tony's moment when Lin-Manuel Miranda told Orlando: "Love is love is love."
"Reflecting On My Afghan-American Community After Orlando," a personal essay from Afghan-American lawyer and LGBTQ ally Joseph Azam.
"We Are Not Afraid," Jane Coaston's reminder that the LGBTQ community has been through horror in the past and will not be silenced.
"How Can We Say ‘It Gets Better' After Orlando?" Anthony Easton's somber reminder that what happened is the grim consequence of politics as usual for LGBTQ people.
In "Only When I'm Dancing Can I Feel This Free," Alfred Soto reminds us that "to discuss Latin American culture without mentioning the role of dancing would be myopic."
In that same spirit, writers Charles Aaron and Erik Roldan compiled a playlist of Latin dance songs and classic club hits to honor the Orlando victims.
Miles Raymer looks at gay clubs' immeasurable impact on the last four decades of popular music.
If Obama's remarks on Sunday sounded familiar, it's because they were. Jaime Fuller tackles the staggering number of post-shooting speeches the president has had to give during his time in office.
In another episode of "The Racket," Jane Coaston calls out the hypocrisy of not letting gay men donate blood.
Jacob Tobia, a genderqueer writer and activist, implores us to call this event an act of hate specifically targeted at the LGBTQ community.
Our news story from Sunday as the horrific events unfolded and the world was still trying to grasp what had just happened.