On Monday, June 13, New Yorkers gathered at the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street, less than 48 hours after a gunman opened fire at Orlando, Florida’s Pulse Nightclub, killing 49 and injuring 53.
The Stonewall Inn, site of the 1969 Stonewall riots, has long been a landmark in the national fight for LGBTQ rights and visibility. Last night’s vigil and anti-gun rally was no different, and thousands came to show their solidarity, love, and respect for the victims in Orlando as well as offer support to New York’s own LGBTQ community. The NYPD presence was felt throughout the crowd as Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at the event (and were met with mixed reactions).
Read more about the rally and vigil:
New Yorkers Hold Orlando Vigil at Stonewall Inn: ‘It’s Time to Fight the Hate With Love’