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MTV’s ‘True Life’ to document Orlando survivors’ road to recovery

By Will Stroude

The world may be slowly moving on from the massacre at Pulse nightclub, Orlando last month, but, for the survivors of the atrocity coming to terms with the events that unfolded that night will be incredibly difficult.

True Life: We Are Orlando will follow four survivors as they begin to carry on with their lives in the wake of the anti-LGBT terrorist attack where 49 people lost their lives, and many more were injured.

According to Deadline, the episode will be accompanied by online content, and will also feature interviews with members of the wider LGBT community who live and work in Orlando.

One of the survivors, Tony, opens up on the episode about the difficulties he’s faced both physically and mentally since the attack, during which he was shot in the back and arm, before losing consciousness on the floor of Pulse and waking up in hospital.

“People think that because I got released from the hospital, and I’m in rehab right now, that I’m OK,” he says. “I’m not OK. I’m still connected to a machine because of my back. I have a hole in my back. My arm is still shattered. It’s healing, but I don’t have movement in my two fingers.”

True Life: We Are Orlando, premiering on Monday, August 15 in America.

You can read our special feature on Orlando and its aftermath in the new issue of Attitude, available to download now from

It’s in shops next Wednesday (July 20), and print copies are available to order from


Also in Attitude’s August issue, alongside all your usual news, reviews, fitness & travel:

  • 20 years of Girl Power: Spice Girl Emma Bunton recalls the highs and lows of life as part of the world’s most famous girl groups ever.
  • Three years before Stonewall… there was the riot at Compton’s cafeteria in San Francisco. Attitude commemorates 50 years since the queer community fought back against an oppressive police force.
  • Pop’s new sensation Shura on why she doesn’t want to be compartmentalised as a queer artist.
  • Out gay Iraqi activist Amir Ashour on why he’ll never stop fighting for LGBT liberation in his homeland.
  • Willam reveals why he has no love for RuPaul’s Drag Race.

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