17 June, 2016
People all across the country and even in Youngstown have been gathering over the past several days to honor the victims of the Orlando shooting.
Piermont: St. John's Church in Piermont hosts an ecumenical service at 7:15 p.m. for the victims of the Orlando shooting.
Victoria's Gender and Sexuality Commissioner Rowena Allen is hosting the vigil from 5pm on Thursday in honour of the victims of the attack, which killed 50 people and wounded 53. This group and its ideologies is a real threat to us.
Both Mr. Kenney and Mr. Clarke, who was joined by nearly every member of City Council, assured the LGBTQ community - which had attended the vigil by the hundreds - that they were not alone and were loved. "We're not safe at home - at the grocery store", he said. Stepping into a gay bar represents leaving behind what can be an intolerant and violent outside world, and entering a place where you can be whoever you are. Hatred of any kind, whether it be homophobia, biphobia or transphobia, is unacceptable and must be stamped out.More news: Orlando mayor: City not defined by 'act of a cowardly hater'
"Messages of equality and kindness can help kind of erase any ignorance anybody might have towards [the LGBT community]", Rivera said. We stand in solidarity with our LGBTI brothers and sisters in Orlando and beyond.
"We have come to gather this evening to pay our respects, and our thoughts go to the family and friends of the people who were murdered in the LGBT nightclub in Orlando, moments before the massacre Omar Mateen called the authorities to pledge his allegiance to ISIS".
The horrific event has exposed deep rifts among people distrustful of Islam, and is bringing the issue of weapons in the streets and of hate crimes to conversations and the political forefront.