In the early hours of Sunday morning on the 12th of June 2016, a lone gunman entered a well known gay nightclub in Orlando Florida and started shooting. He killed 49 innocent people that night and over 50 others had to be treated for serious injury in hospital. He was eventually caught and shot by police but not before he had inflicted the largest mass killing by a single person in America’s history.
The world woke up to this shocking news on Sunday and our hearts broke.
Make no mistake, this was a hate crime, a hate crime in what is normally a safe space. Gay venues are a sanctuary for the LGBTIQ community and their allies. I know because as a strong ally to the gay community I am a frequent patron of venues like Pulse nightclub.
It is unfathomable that anyone could carry out such a savage crime.
Call it terror, call it insanity, call it whatever you like, but the fact that one lone psychopath can cause so much pain, suffering and heart-ache to so many people and their friends and families is too hard to even imagine…
Our eyes are red and our spirits are aching with you.
If there is any hope to be found in this heartbreaking story, it is in the solidarity which has seen the community come together.
Hands held tightly and arms around shoulders people have flocked to Vigils all over the world.
Perth held a Vigil last night, the 15th of June 2016, in the Perth Cultural Centre.
The service was beautiful and the turnout was fantastic.
Please scroll through our photo album below to see what the amazing organisers, volunteers and the community put together to honour the victims.
We will never forget.
To all my friends and people in the LGBTIQ community, please know that love will always trump hate and you are so very very loved.
RIP to all the beautiful rainbow souls who happened to be in that nightclub that night.
Please keep dancing wherever you are.