LGBT community in western Mass. shaken over Orlando massacre

Senator Bill Nelson

Canadian political leaders condemned a mass shooting Sunday that killed at least 50 people and injured dozens of others at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., and offered sympathy for the victims. But she said attendees' cared too much about issues their community faces to allow anyone to keep them silent.

"It's absolutely devastating", said Ezra West. "These were our brothers and sisters that got hurt and it could have been anyone". The shooter, Omar Mateen, was later shot dead by police.

"It's a tragedy that is beyond comprehension", vigil attendee Sheryl Nickkel said.

But the attack on Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, isn't just an attack on the gay community, it's an attack on America.

Kentucky Senator Reginald Thomas vowed to introduce new gun legislation next session, and for America to not let hate defeat us.

The massacre happened in the early morning hours at a gay nightclub in Orlando. "We have an active safety plan always in place for our entertainment district and Lavender Heights".

"Tragically, what we are waking up to in the United States today is that the growing number of mass shootings in the USA increases the number of Americans with a personal connection to a Roseburg, a Charleston, a Columbine, and now, an Orlando". Community groups and Baltimore Police are preparing for hundreds of attendees, Lyles said.

Inspiring that change is what those who came together at the prayer vigil say they hope begins with support for Orlando from not only Oklahoma but all across our nation.

"We're going to stand for love and compassion and for those who want to celebrate who they are and what they stand for", said Golden Valley Mayor Shep Harris. The LGBT community has been under attack in words, violence and now terrorism for decades. "So we've been dealing with both in our country for a very long time and it just underscores that we have a long way to go", said Joshua O'Connell, co-president of the New Haven Pride Center.

It is the culmination of weeks of celebrations showing support for LGBT equality intending to show that everyone, no matter whether lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender can and should be able to live a happy and healthy life free of discrimination.



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