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Vigils in New York for victims of the Orlando mass shooting

Vigils in New York for victims of the Orlando mass shooting

New Yorkers are reeling from the massacre this morning at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, which has left 50 people dead and 53 wounded. A major vigil, organized by Stonewall Democrats, will take place tomorrow night at 7pm outside the historic Stonewall Inn and is expected to draw thousands of people to express solidarity with victims of the most deadly mass shooting in modern American history. Two smaller events have are also being organized for tonight. Descriptions below are from the events' Facebook pages.

Sunday, June 12, 6pm–8pm: NYC Vigil for Orlando outside the Stonewall Inn 
"Upon the news of America's greatest mass shooting tragedy, we, the LGBTQ community and our allies in NYC will come together to pay respect to the innocent people lost in this horrific event, support their families and friends, and speak out against ANTI-LGBT hate."

"In light of the tragic news from Florida it is clear that in spite of marriage equality being made national less than a year ago we have so much work ahead of us. Our community is under attack. We need to stand together for ourselves and each other. We cannot stand idly by to allow more lives to be lost to hate and gun violence. We cannot be silent as hatemongers co-opt our pain in order to further their own Islamophobic agenda. We cannot and will not be made to live in a climate of fear. Not during this Pride month, not ever. You are invited to hold space for all those affected by the Orlando shootings and to commit to fighting for a world where this horror is no longer a possibility. Bring candles. Bring flags. Bring your light. This vigil is wheelchair accessible."
 

Monday, June 13, 7pm–9pm: Vigil in Front of Stonewall Inn to Remember Lives Lost at Pulse Orlando outside the Stonewall Inn 
"Early Sunday morning, a shooter went into a LGBT nightclub—Pulse—in Orlando, FL and opened fire killing dozens. The LGBT community in NYC stands in solidarity with the communities in Orlando. Our thoughts are with the victims, their families, and those who had to experience such hateful violence. Please join us on Monday, June 13 at 7PM outside of the Stonewall Inn as we remember the lives lost to such senseless violence and stand together against these acts. Details are still coming in and we will share information from the OPD as it becomes available." 

For information about other Orlando vigils in New York and across the country, visit #WeAreOrlando.

 

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Also this evening at 7:30 p.m., LGBT and Muslim activists will be joined by other leaders in a vigil at Diversity Plaza on 37th Road, between 73rd and 74th Streets, in Jackson Heights, Queens. The event was announced by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, out gay Councilmember Daniel Dromm, who represents Jackson Heights, Ali Najmi of the Muslim Democratic Club of New York, and Agha Saleh, president of Sukhi New York, a group representing the South Asian community.