In a beautiful act of support for the victims of Orlando’s recent mass shooting, thousands of Londoners held hands on Old Compton Street last night. The huge crowd of people, including a huge proportion of London’s LGBT community, gathered close, filling the street with rainbow-coloured flags and banners. After a two minutes silence at 7pm, a sea of colourful balloons was released into the sky and an evening of dancing, singing and candle-lighting commenced, in honour of the victims. Below are some pictures from the evening.
This evening, I stood proud. I stood proud with my community, not just LGBTQIA+, but with every single person shocked and horrified at the murders that have taken place in #Orlando. I am still now, as speechless and heartbroken as I was when I heard the growing news, first 20, and then 49, and scores injured. I stood proud to be who I am, to fight for the right to love who I love. I feel privileged to have been part of one of the most beautiful moments – the LGBT community of London coming together in solidarity to show our love and support. We cried, we stood in silence, we honoured the lives lost. Hate will not win. Love always wins. I have never been prouder to be part of a community that stands together in strength. This is my community, we stand as one. #london #vigil #oldcomptonstreet #LGBT #Orlando #standwithorlando #solidarity
Elsewhere in London, both the National Theatre and TfL have been waving the Pride flag, as a way to show solidarity.
This falls in the same month as London Pride, so we can imagine that this year’s parade on the weekend of the 25th is going to be even more monumental and moving.
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