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Victorian memorial for Orlando shooting victims

Hear messages of support from Victorians gathered in Federation Square, to show solidarity for the Orlando nightclub shooting victims in 2016.

After the Pulse nightclub attack in Orlando, Florida on 12 June 2016, Victorians gathered in Federation Square to show solidarity for the victims, their families and friends.

An estimated 2,500 Victorians gathered in Federation Square on the evening of 16 June to show solidarity with Orlando following the tragic shooting. 

Speeches from the event

Premier Daniel Andrews spoke of his commitment to stamp out homophobia

For this community, I pledge to use the great privilege of office to help build an atmosphere of celebration and courage and change - and bring the Victorian people along with us every step of the way. I think the victims of the massacre in Orlando and the hundreds of millions of people around the world just like them, who they never knew deserve nothing less.

The Hon Daniel Andrews MP

Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality, Ro Allen, spoke of the shooting's impact on LGBTIQ 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:

Brenda Appleton the chair of the LGBTIQ Taskforce introduced members of 3 LGBTIQ choirs. They led the crowd in singing Over the Rainbow.

Premier Andrews, Minister for Equality Martin Foley and the crowd sing at the Orlando vigil at Federation Square
Photo courtesy of Federation Square

Several hundred people attended a multi-faith service at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Reviewed 02 August 2019

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