Many gathered at the Deer District to honor the proud members of the LGBTQ+ community who lost their lives five years ago at a night club in Orlando.
The Milwaukee Bucks invited the community to "Love Wins: Chalk the Plaza" on Saturday, June 12 at the plaza at Fiserv Forum.
The event is held in honor of Pride Month and in remembrance of the fifth anniversary of the Pulse nightclub tragedy. Community members can write messages of love, pride, remembrance and resilience.
The Bucks Pride Alliance Co-Chair Jill Barry said chalking the plaza allows people to express themselves.
"Creating messages of love and pride and resilience would be a great way to recognize this day and to support those that are still affected by this tragedy," Barry said.
Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce President Jason Rae adds events like these create a safe space to reflect.
"Remember and honor those victims who we lost during Pulse, but to celebrate going forward of how we can continue to build that welcoming and inclusive community," Rae stated.
Barry looked around the crowd and said bringing people together to have meaningful conversations is the start to create change and move forward.
Ultimately, giving people an opportunity to move forward while remembering a painful past. One chalk sketch at a time.
"Pride Alliance is ready to bring together a lot of different events and to create community and form partnerships," Barry said.