Victoria's show of solidarity for Orlando
The people of Victoria were saddened by the attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando Florida on 12 June 2016.
An estimated 2,500 members of Victoria's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Gender Diverse and Intersex (LGBTI) communities and allies gathered in Federation Square on the evening of 16 June to show solidarity with Orlando following the tragic shooting at Pulse nightclub. Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality, Ro Allen, spoke of the shooting's impact on LGBTI communities across the world, and the need to support each other through a difficult time.
The Commissioner invited a series of guests to speak to the crowd. Speakers included Auntie Di Kerr (Wurundjeri elder), the Hon Daniel Andrews MP (Premier of Victoria), Imam Nur Warsame (community representative), Bill Furnish (Acting US Consul General), Asiel Adan-Sanchez (community representative), Chad Hughes (Victorian AIDS Council), John Manwaring (Victorian AIDS Council) and Georgie Harman (beyondblue), Brenda Appleton (Transgender Victoria and the LGBTI Taskforce) then introduced members of three LGBTI choirs, who led the crowd in singing "Over the Rainbow".
The Show of Solidarity was followed by a multi-faith service at St Paul’s Cathedral, attended by several hundred people.
Victorians have also expressed their Condolences for the people of Orlando and left messages of love and support.
The Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality issued the a Statement in the wake of the attacked and public buildings where lit up as a mark of respect.
Equality is a non negotiable part of life in Victoria.
Photos courtesy of Federation Square.