Pulse Club, which suffered a horrific attack early Sunday morning, was opened to honor its founder’s gay brother.
Barbara Poma used to go out to gay clubs with her brother John frequently during her childhood. She visted her first gay bar when she wsa only age 14, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida: A popular resort for LGBT people.
Despite being raised within a strict, Catholic Italian family: Her brother flourished after coming out and was accepted by his family.
‘To Barbara, John wasn’t gay. John was simply her loving brother that did her makeup, put highlights in her hair, and taught her EVERYTHING she need to know about fashion,’ it says on Pulse’s website.
In 1991 John died, having battled HIV for several years.
Then in 2004 Poma opened Pulse Club with close friend Rob Legler, in the hopes of honoring her brother’s memory.
The club was named Pulse for John’s heartbeat, and in memory of the fun nights she and her brother had when they were young.
It hosted themed nights and acts, including drag shows.
Famous Puerto Rican drag performer Kenya Michaels was at the club Sunday morning. She escaped without injury.