#ThePrideMustGoOn: LGBT Community Rallies for Pride Parades in L.A. and D.C. in Wake of Orlando Attacks
The major event and gay rights landmark continue to show support for those affected by the attack
From the Los Angeles Pride parade to New York City’s historic Stonewall Inn, people are showing their support for the LGBT community following the horrific shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
Several people at the Pride event in L.A. wrote on signs that said, “We won’t be silenced.” One trending hashtag for the event is “#ThePrideMustGoOn.” The Pride event had been scheduled to take place in West Hollywood, California, on Sunday ahead of the attacks.
The Pride event itself was the subject of headlines. A man was arrested in Santa Monica, California, early Sunday morning after he was allegedly found heavily armed en route to the parade. However, L.A. authorities later clarified that the man arrested has said he was simply going to the Pride event but did not imply intentions to harm anyone at the event.
Authorities said that the incident was unrelated to the Orlando shooting.
Still, Pride went on, although they made sure to show solidarity with the victims in Orlando.
“Today, we are heartbroken that so many of our brothers, sisters and allies were lost in this tragic attack,” said L.A. Pride President Chris Classen in a press conference. “As we remember them today at our moment of silence, we must continue to show our pride, not just today but every day.”
The Capital Pride parade and festival also took place in Washington, D.C. on Sunday. The event offered support and love for those affected by Sunday’s shooting.
The historic Stonewall Inn in N.Y.C. increased security in light of the attack, according to their Facebook page. The bar was the scene of the famous Stonewall riots following a police raid in 1969. It is often thought of as the birthplace of the modern day gay rights movement.
In addition to security, the bar will host a vigil for the Orlando victims on Monday night. Meanwhile, other supporters came by the bar to bring flowers and positive messages.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families in Orlando,” The Stonewall Inn posted on Sunday after news of the attacks. “We stand in solidarity and in sadness with our entire LGBT community.”
According to police, a shooter opened fire just after 2 a.m. local time on Sunday at Pulse, a popular gay club in Orlando. Authorities say that at least 50 people have been killed and at least 53 are injured, making it the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.
On Sunday, President Barack Obama called the attack an “act of terror and hate.”