THE City of Liverpool will show its support today following the homophobic attack in Orlando over the weekend. The iconic St George’s Hall in the heart of Liverpool city centre will host a special Vigil on the Plateau from 7-8pm tonight with speakers from Liverpool Pride, Trans Liverpool and the Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson. Organisers are encouraging all to come along show support.
St George’s Hall will also be lit up by Liverpool City Council in LGBT rainbow colours this evening to show the city’s love and support to the victims and all affected by the terrible events at the USA Gay nightclub.
Liverpool Town Hall is also flying the LGBT flag at half-mast today to remember the victims and Liverpool’s LGBT+ venues will show their support by partaking in a minute’s silence at 7pm.
At least 50 people were killed and more than 50 others wounded when a gunman opened fire and took hostages at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, early on Sunday morning.
Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool said: “The tragedy in Orlando is truly heart-breaking, innocent lives lost or changed forever due to one individual’s hate. The City of Liverpool stands with the people of Orlando and LGBT people everywhere in love, support and solidarity”.
Zoran Blackie, A Trustee of Liverpool Pride said: “Our hearts go out to all the community across Orlando, especially for all those friends and family and shattered lives. We remain proud to stand up against hate in all its forms, and such tragedies remind us of the need to bring communities together and unite against prejudice.”
Andi Herring, Chair, Director – Stanley Street Quarter CIC added “As a city and as the Stanley Street Quarter, it’s important we stand with the people of Orlando and show we will not allow attacks like this to set back the progress our community has made for equality. As the official LGBT Quarter for the city, safety is always our main priority, and horrific events like this go against everything we stand for.”