Luis Javier Ruiz
|The struggles of perversion|
|“Going through old pictures of the night of Pulse, I remember my struggles of perversion, heavy drinking to drown out everything and having promiscuous sex that led to HIV. My struggles were real! The enemy had its grip, and now God has taken me from that moment and has given me Christ.”|
— Luis Javier Ruiz
Luis Javier Ruiz is a survivor of the June 2016 mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, where 49 people were killed by Omar Mateen in an act of Islam-inspired terrorism. Now Ruiz says he should have been number 50 in the massacre death toll but he has found Christ instead and is no longer gay. Ruiz was featured in a social media post for the May 5 (2018) Freedom March (an event “celebrating freedom from homosexual/transgender lifestyles”) above the words “Homosexuals Can Change!”. While appealing to the same-sex attracted around the country and the world on knees, Ruiz concluded his impassioned message at march by saying that what’s important is having a relationship with Jesus Christ.
- Alamin Yohannes (1 May 2018). Pulse survivor says he is no longer gay, has found Christ. NBC News. Retrieved on 11 Oct 2018. “A survivor of the 2016 mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando is expected to participate in an event on Saturday for "former homosexuals."”
- Brandon Showalter (May 7, 2018). Former Transwoman, Gay Male Prostitute Shares New Life in Christ. The Christian Post. Retrieved on 11 Oct 2018.
- Brandon Showalter (28 Apr 2018). Men, Women Who Left Homosexuality, Transgenderism to Rally at DC's 'Freedom March'. The Christian Post. Retrieved on 11 Oct 2018.
- Chandelis R. Duster (6 May 2018). Pulse survivor and others gather to celebrate 'freedom' from being gay. NBC News. Retrieved on 11 Oct 2018. “A few dozen people in total showed up to celebrate "freedom from homosexual/transgender lifestyles by the grace and power of Jesus Christ." WASHINGTON — Pulse nightclub shooting survivor Luis Javier Ruiz joined a few dozen others at a so-called Freedom March in Washington, D.C., on Saturday where those in attendance celebrated no longer identifying as gay or transgender.”