May You All Rest In Peace

Orlando Tragedy

Let us never forget these people who lost their lives so senselessly.

Pulse Club, Orlando,

June 12, 2016

Akyra Monet Murray, 18,

Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21,

Amanda Alvear, 25,

Angel Candelario-Padro, 28,

Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, 25,

Antonio Davon Brown, 29,

Brenda Lee Marquez Solivan, 24,

Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24,

Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32,

Cory James Connell, 21,

Darryl Roman Hart, II, 29,

Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32,

Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36,

Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30,

Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34,

Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25,

Frank Hernandez, 27,

Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50,

Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25,

Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25,

Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19,

Javier, Jorge-Reyes, 40,

 Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35,

Jean C. Nieves Rodriguez, 27,

Jerald Arthur Wright, 31,

Joel Rayon Paniaqua, 31,

Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24,

Juan Chavez-Martinez, 24,

Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22,

Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37,

Kimberly Morris, 37,

Leroy Vlentin Fernandez, 25,

Luis Daniel Conde, 39,

Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37,

Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20,

Luis S. Vielma, 22,

Martin Benitez Torres, 33,

Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26,

Miguel Angel Honorato, 30,

Oscar Aracena-Montero, 26,

Paul Terrell Henry, 41,

Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22,

Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33,

Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33,

Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31,

Stanly Almodovar III, 23

Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25,

Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35,

Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24


With a very heavy heart, I would like to wish all the victims who have lost their lives to Rest In Peace. My condolences to the families and friends of those who have perished.  And for the surviving victims, I wish you all a speedy recovery for now the healing begins.

To my readers please take out the time to add your thoughts and prayers.


Workout Pain is Good Pain

Pain is your weaknessI truly need this as my motivation today!!!  🙂 I began working out on my treadmill this past weekend twice a day.  It’s been hard, but every time I look down at my Fitbit, I tell myself that I have to get my money’s worth and somehow, I find the strength to step on the treadmill for 35 mins., followed by 20 mins. of Pilates.  Oh the pain my muscles feel, but as they say, “No Pain, No Gain!” 

Time to put yourself first and stay healthy and fit!  Let’s Go!

About The Essence of Pride


What you’ll find on The Essence of Pride are postings on Fashion, Fitness, and Food, from the point of view of lesbian. This is by no means a blog that practices separations of gender for I believe that we have enough of separation from those in society who are either afraid of our type of love, do not understand our love, or who are just plain hateful.

The intention of EOP is to spread as much information as I can on the importance of staying fit, eating right and of course, to check out fashion that will look exceptionally well on a well trim body.  And from time to time there will be postings that refer to the subject of homosexuality. 

I know you are probably wondering why I felt it necessary to mention that I am a lesbian, and the answer to that is, the fight for Equality is real and that there are advocates still working for that which should be ours already to be Truly Respected and Equal because the bottom line is we are all humans and deserve to be treated that way.  It is my belief that we are all in this together and it is necessary to remain that way in order to continue to advance toward the goal of achieving Awareness, Acceptance, and True Equality.  I don’t know about you, but I look forward to that day when words like Acceptance, Awareness, and Equality are no longer utilized when discussing or speaking about issues concerning the LGBTQ community.

I welcome and thank you for visiting and hope to see and hear from you often.  I look forward to your feedback, For Every Small Step Taken Toward Equality Is A Major Step Towards Achievement.

Should you have an idea for a topic, or if you would like to share a story of your own, or even if you would like to “Shine the Spotlight,” on someone doing something great for our community, as well as wanting to share public awareness invites or events-– please don’t hesitate to email me at


Lois Percente (Founder)