Brighton Holds Vigils Following Orlando Shooting
13 June 2016, 15:16 | Updated: 13 June 2016, 19:16
Vigils due to take place in Brighton on Monday and Tuesday as Pride Flag is at half mast in the city this week as a mark of solidarity and remembrance.
Vigils have been planned to start at 6pm at Marlborough Pub and Theatre along Princes Road on Monday 13th June and then another one is taking place at the New Steine from 7.30pm.
Here is the Statement from Leader of Brighton and Hove City Council Councillor Warren Morgan
“Brighton & Hove stands in solidarity with the people of Orlando. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with those who have been affected by this abhorrent attack.
“Our LGBT community is vital to the fabric of this city and we will always stand together with pride against such hatred and violence. I know there will be vigils across the world today including in Brighton & Hove and I hope we can all take a moment to remember and celebrate the diversity that makes our city special.
“Also, I am sure there will be extra vigilance from all the LGBT venues and events in the city in the coming months and we must remember to all work together as a city to continue to challenge and report the language and actions of hate, whoever they are perpetrated against.
“We will be flying the LGBT Pride flag at half-mast this week as a mark of solidarity and remembrance.“
Candle Lit Vigil Planned In Brighton At The Victoria Fountain At Old Stiene On Tuesday 14th June at 8.30pm
A candlelight vigil to honour the victims of the recent attack in Orlando at an LGBT+ nightclub on a night aimed at the Latinx community.
This event is run by the LGBT societies of Sussex and Brighton universities. The plan is to be lighting 50 candles in honour of the 50 victims and holding a moment of silence.
Simon Kirby, Member of Parliament joined together with other MPs in the House of Commons today as the Home Secretary, Theresa May MP made a statement about the horrific attack on the LGBT community in Orlando.
“As MP for Brighton Kemptown I was present in the Chamber this afternoon to show my support for the LGBT community both in the UK and internationally.”
“Following the statement today, Mr Speaker will write to the Mayor of Orlando on behalf of all in the House of Commons to convey our shock and sympathy and to underline our complete solidarity with the LGBT community both in Orlando and in the United States.”