Thursday, June 23, 2016

PULSE Nightclub & Orlando Visit 2016

Source: George Melichar

PULSE Nightclub & Orlando Visit 2016
#OrlandoStrong


I will update this blog with more content soon... Geo

(Updated: June 24, 2016 - 12:52am)

Local Businesses


 Source: George Melichar - LGBT supportive businesses

Source: George Melichar - LGBT supportive businesses


(Updated: June 24, 2016 - 12:31am)

PULSE Nightclub Gate

 Source: George Melichar - PULSE Nightclub Memorial

Source: George Melichar - PULSE Nightclub Memorial

Source: George Melichar - PULSE Nightclub Memorial


Source: George Melichar - PULSE Nightclub Memorial



(Original Story: June 23, 2016)

Pulse Nightclub

PULSE Nightclub is in Orlando, Florida - USA. June 12, 2016 forty-nine people were killed and approximately fifty-three people were injured in the deadliest mass shooting carried out by the single gunman Omar Mateen. The PULSE Nightclub massacre was the deadliest incident of violence against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender(LGBT) people in the history of United States. The club area was gated off to the public. Their were police officials and red cross volunteers onsite to aid visitors.

Source: George Melichar - PULSE Nightclub Memorial

In seeing the site of the shooting I felt emotional shock, great sadness and love. Their was silence all around and the neighborhood was healing. Next door to the club is an auto shop that has reopened for business.

 Source: George Melichar - PULSE Nightclub Memorial

I meet a couple from Indianapolis visiting Orlando for their holiday that wanted visit the shooting site to pay their respects. Kim has a son that is openly gay and she loves him. Although I did not know her I held her as she cried like she was my best friend.


 Source: George Melichar - PULSE Nightclub Memorial

 Source: George Melichar - PULSE Nightclub Memorial

 Source: Carrie Borho

I paid my respects to the 49 victims of PULSE massacre and left a flur de lis. Their were families who brought their children and explained why inclusion, love and acceptance was important. Cars passed by slowly and the birds did not sing.

Source: George Melichar - PULSE Nightclub Memorial


Source: George Melichar - PULSE Nightclub Memorial

View more photos of PULSE Nightclub here.






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Sunday, June 19, 2016

PRIDE New Orleans 2016

 Source: George Melichar


PRIDE New Orleans 2016
#AllEqual


The PRIDE took place in the French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana - USA.

Source: George Melichar - Love Wins Float

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Source: George Melichar - PRIDE Flag

 Source: George Melichar - LGBT Lives Remembered

Source: George Melichar - In Memory of Devin "Goddess" Diamond & Erica Davis

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Source: George Melichar - PRIDE Float

Source: George Melichar - LGBT Allies

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Source: George Melichar - PRIDE Dancing

 Source: George Melichar - PRIDE Saint Ann & Bourbon Street

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Richard Newcomb Memorial Father's Day Race 2016

Source: NOTC

Richard Newcomb Memorial Father's Day Race 2016
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This post contains sponsored links from www.runNOTC.org. Richard Newcomb Memorial Father's Day Race 2016 annually takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana - USA. Sunday, June 19th The New Orleans Track Club will present the annual Father’s Day Race in Audubon Park. It is a family-friendly event celebrating fathers and father-figures.

Source: NOTC

The Father’s Day Race will take place at 8:00 a.m. starting and finishing near the Magazine Street entrance to Audubon Park in uptown New Orleans. Participants will enjoy a 2 mile or half-mile course that follows the Audubon Park running and walking course, benefiting from the shade of the historic oaks alongside the scenic path. Runners and walkers of all speeds and skill levels are encouraged to participate.

In addition, the morning’s festivities will feature a competition that pairs fathers and grandfathers with their children and grandchildren for special awards. Both the 2 mile and half-mile events will be followed by a post-race festival featuring music, food, award presentations, and more.

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Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are 100% my own.


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Friday, June 10, 2016

Updated: R.I.P. Devin Diamond

Devin Diamond
R.I.P. Dec 22, 1995 - June 05, 2016


(Updated: June 19, 2016 - 8:25pm)


Source: George Melichar - In Memory of Devin "Goddess" Diamond & Erica Davis

(Updated: June 11, 2016 - 3:50pm)

6562 steps towards the March To Equality in memory of Devin Diamond during the Inaugural Creole Tomato Festival 5k 2016.

George Melichar's March To Equality: http://marchtoequality.org/step/view/609

Source: George Melichar


(Updated: June 11, 2016 - 2:55pm)

Devin Diamond's Memorial & life celebration June 8, 2016.

Source: Hannah Strunk

Source: Hannah Strunk

Source: Hannah Strunk

Source: Hannah Strunk


(Updated: June 11, 2016 - 2:38pm)

June 10, 2016 The New Orleans Advocate reported: The Coroner’s Office has classified the death of Devin Diamond, whose body was found in a burning car in New Orleans East on Sunday, as a homicide. The cause of Diamond’s death, Dr. Jeffrey Rouse said Friday, was “blunt force trauma.”

The Coroner’s Office described Diamond as a male, the same gender listed on Diamond’s Facebook page. But one friend said Diamond was in the midst of a gender transition.
George Melichar, who knew Diamond through a French Quarter retail job, said the two had a conversation on the subject several months ago.

“When I asked her if she identified as a man or a woman, she told me that she would answer to both. But being that she was transitioning, I felt that it was the best to refer to her as a woman, and she agreed,” said Melichar.

“Devin was very loved, and Devin was very kind,” Melichar said. “And that's what makes this more difficult. In addition to losing a friend, we lost an LGBT leader.”

(Original Story: June 10, 2016)

Source: Facebook Devin Diamond




The morning of June 5, 2015 Devin Diamond was found dead in the passenger seat of her car engulfed in flames. After finding out Sunday evening I could not sleep. The next morning I was going to incorporate my training run into visiting the sight of arson and her death. After a few blocks I had to take the bus to New Orleans East. 

Source: George Melichar - #62 Bus view of the Treme, New Orleans

Walking to Flite Court & Alost Street felt like I was walking in the dark looking for a light switch.

Source: George Melichar - Flite Court & Alost Street, New Orleans

Seeing Flite Court was like preparing to climb over a brick wall.  

Source: George Melichar - Flite Court

A local resident showed me the exact spot of the car fire. Devin died next to an automotive shop.

Source: George Melichar

Source: George Melichar

My March To Equality steps in memory of Devin Diamond Dec 22, 1995 - June 05, 2016.

Source: George Melichar - March To Equality steps in honor of Devin Diamond

Rest In Peace my friend...

Source: George Melichar - #62 Bus view home, New Orleans


For more information: www.theneworleansadvocate.com


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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

HigherPower NOLA - Downtown

HigherPower NOLA - Downtown
#FindYourHigh


HigherPower Nola - Downtown is located in the Central Business District of New Orleans, Louisiana - USA. HigherPower said "Our philosophy implements an east-meets-west approach that combines rigorous physical activity with yoga & meditation. We strive to create a welcoming atmosphere that brings balance to people of all ages & skill levels." The interior has a very clean, modern feel perfect for community gathering. Cycling shoes, yoga mats, and lockers to borrow are great added amenities. In addition to cycling and yoga classes; HigherPower also offers TRX E.P.I.C. and any yoga class is FREE immediately following an TRX E.P.I.C. session.

Source: George Melichar - Inaugural 1st Cycling class at HigherPower  

Cycling class was a LOT OF FUN! I enjoyed the group setting, video screens and led lighting. The room was full of people but I still felt like I could focus on my 100% performance. What an athlete wore or their experience level did not matter in class. I did feel an overwhelming energy to want to work harder because I knew the person next to me was working hard too.

Source: George Melichar - (L)Mark Berger & (R)George Melichar 

TRX E.P.I.C. kicked my core into gear. Training in running, cycling, and throwing sports can make my body and muscles feel unbalanced at times. The interval training concepts with full body strengthening techniques in 30-40 minutes gave me a great workout without stressing out about time and my daily schedule.

Source: George Melichar - HigherPower Yoga

As a person that has not been a major yoga fan I will say I enjoyed myself in class. The room was warm and full of natural sunlight. Participating in the TRX E.P.I.C. class before gave me a great stretch and warm-up. I would take another yoga class, plus the candle light yoga is something I would like to try.

I highly recommend HigherPower - Downtown. Go to www.higherpowernola.com, create an easy user profile and register for classes online. The 6am cycling class and 12 noon TRX E.P.I.C. classes were great classes I participated in.

HigherPower - Downtown
1000 Girod Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70113
USA
(504)302-3097


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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Inagural Crescent City Levee Run 2016

Crescent City Levee Run 2016
#CCLeveeRun


The Crescent City Levee Run takes place in Jefferson, Louisiana - USA. The 4-mile race course started on River Road & Labarre. The Levee Run temporarily replaced the Crescent Connection Bridge Run while the CCC Bridge is under construction, but will remain part of the Classic Race Series even after the Bridge Run is re-instated.

Source: George Melichar - Levee Run 2016

Source: George Melichar - Race # Pick-up

For this event I decided to volunteer. I was assigned to the second water station stop located approximately 3/4 of the way on the 4 mile race course. Although I volunteered by myself, I meet great new people. Some of the volunteers wanted to be more civically involved as part of an employer initiative and others were athletes recovering from injury.

Source: George Melichar - Volunteer Bus w/air-conditioning :) 

When my volunteer comrades and I arrived to our assigned water stop; the tables, cups and water were set for us. We worked together quickly to fill water cups. In the distance we could hear the national anthem and then a roar of excitement followed by a rush of people.

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Source: George Melichar - view from the levee


Race participants ran towards the Huey P Long Bridge, up on the Levee along the Mississippi River to the Finish Line



Source: George Melichar

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After the last athlete passed our water stop; everyone hurried up to finish cleaning-up the area as it started to rain. Although our bus had not arrived by the time we finished breaking down the water station... we did enjoy a nice walk back to our cars on the levee.

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Source: George Melichar - sound from the levee of the Mississippi River

Volunteering was a lot of fun and highly recommend the experience.

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

OPSO/ZULU Community Foundation 5k 2016

OPSO/ZULU Community Foundation 5k 2016
#Teamwork #Friendship #Community

Source: George Melichar

The OPSO/ZULU Community Foundation 5k Run/Walk takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana - USA. The race course goes through Mid-City towards Bayou Saint John and starts/finishes at the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office(OPSO). This was a great community event and an opportunity to meet OPSO sheriff's and Krewe of Zulu members.

Source: George Melichar - Volunteers from OPSO

Source: George Melichar - Volunteers from OPSO

 Source: George Melichar - 5k Run/Walk Start Line

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Source: George Melichar - (L)Sherrif Marlin Gusman

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Source: George Melichar - Mens 1st Place 5k Run Finisher


Source: George Melichar - Women's 1st Place 5k Run Finisher 

Source: George Melichar - Awards


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