When she came out to her mother at age 14, Laura Esquivel said her mother was upset for many reasons, but mostly because she was afraid for her.

"She was afraid I wouldn't be happy. Afraid I would get hurt. Afraid how people who would treat me, about the possibility of being physically hurt," said Esquivel, Hispanic Federation national policy director.

Esquivel, who founded one of the first national Latino LGBTQ groups - LLEGO - is mourning the deaths of the victims in the Orlando, Fla. shooting. None of those named as of Monday afternoon were people she knew, but as a Latina and lesbian, talking of the tragedy with an NBC News Latino brought her to tears.

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