The entire nation was rocked this past Sunday by news of the devastating mass shooting in Orlando, FL, during which U.S.-born citizen Omar Mateen opened fire inside gay nightclub Pulse and killed 49 individuals, while injuring 53 more. It was the deadliest such domestic shooting in our country’s history.
Along with victims, survivors, and their loved ones, the LGBTQ community as a whole has expressed acute heartbreak over this senseless tragedy, which appears to have been motivated in part by anti-gay bias. But they have also rallied to extend their support, thoughts, and prayers to those impacted directly or otherwise. Here in the Hudson Valley region, several organizations are hosting candlelight vigils in a show of solidarity. Below are several occurring tonight and later this week, and for more information about upcoming gatherings locally and elsewhere, we recommend visiting the newly launched #WeAreOrlando website.
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