Vigils and Demonstrations Across the Country after an attack on LGBT Community in Orlando
The largest mass shooting in U.S. history was just perpetrated against people in a gay bar by a man who spoke of hatred against LGBT people. Those are all the words I feel like saying today about the against members of a LGBT community in Orlando. I feel the need to deviate from this man’s plan to use violence as a tool to obtain attention to air his hate more broadly.
I want to actively counter his plan by crafting a different message. I want to stand with other people to say that I value, welcome and cherish lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and other non-cisgender people in the United States and that I honor their right to a public presence within our nation’s social, cultural, civic and political life. This is what I want to say.
It turns out I am not alone in feeling this way today. Around the nation, people are organizing vigils, demonstrations and rallies not just to mourn victims of violence but to affirm LGBTQ people, communities and voice. Here are the activist events of which I’m aware.
Orlando: #OrlandoStrong March against Violence and Bigotry, Lake Eola Park, 5 pm, Monday 6/13.
Chicago: Community Center Vigil: “Love Wins,” 3656 N Halsted Street, 7 pm, Monday 6/13.
Bangor: Bridge Alliance is holding a vigil at 8:30 pm Monday 6/13 at Bangor City Hall
Portland: Equality Maine is organizing an event at 8:30 pm Monday 6/13. Place TBA
Baltimore: Vigil at YNot, 4 North Ave., 7 pm, Monday 6/13.
Boston: City Hall Plaza Vigil, 6 pm, Monday 6/13.
Buffalo: Vigil in Niagara Square, 6-8 pm, Monday 6/13.
New York City: Vigil Outside Stonewall, 53 Christopher Street, 7-9 pm, Monday 6/13.
Syracuse: City Vigil, Syracuse City Hall, 6 pm, Monday 6/13.
Charlotte: Vigil at The Bar at 316, 316 Rensselaer Ave, 6:30 pm, Monday 6/13.
Durham: Vigil at the bar, 711 Rigsbee Ave, 8 pm, Monday 6/13.
Greensboro: Q-Bar Vigil, 708 W. Market St., 8:30 pm, Monday 6/13.
Greenville: Community Vigil, Five Points Plaza, 8:30 pm, Monday 6/13.
Philadelphia: Vigil of “Grief, Love, and Solidarity” from 6:30-9:30 pm at Philadelphia City Hall, Monday 6/13.
Salt Lake City: City Vigil, 451 S. State Street, 7 pm, Monday 6/13.
Charleston: Community Vigil, 1105 Quarrier Street, 7:30 pm, Monday 6/13.
Montreal: Vigil at Parc de l’Espoir, at Ste-Catherine and Panet Streets, 7 pm, Thursday 6/16.
Glasgow stands with Pulse Orlando, George Square, G1 3 Glasgow, 5:30 – 6:30 pm, Monday 6/13.
London: Old Compton Street Vigil, 7 pm, Monday 6/13
If there’s another vigil, demonstration or rally you know of, please share a link to it in the comments below. Let’s spread the word together.