(USA TODAY) One of the owners of the gay nightclub where multiple people were shot early Sunday in Orlando started the club to promote awareness about the area’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Her brother died from AIDS.

Barbara Poma opened Pulse on Orange Avenue in Orlando with her friend and co-founder Ron Legler in 2004. It hosts nightly themed performances as well as a monthly program of LGBT-related educational events.

Pulse refers to itself as “not just another gay club.” Saturday night was Latin night.

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