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Pride in London responds to Orlando nightclub shooting

12 June 2016

There will be a minute's silence at Pride in London (Photograph: Lauren Anderson)

Following the tragic events in an LGBT+ nightclub in Orlando, a minute’s reflection will take place during Pride in London.

The minute reflection will be led from the main stage in Trafalgar Square.

Representatives from Pride in London will also attend the vigil taking place in Old Compton Street at 7pm tomorrow, Monday 13th June.

Pride in London is one of the largest pride parades in the world, with as many as a million people expected to attend the two week festival and parade day. 10,000 people are expected to be in Trafalgar Square at any one time and 260 groups are taking part in the parade.

Chair of Pride in London Michael Salter-Church said: “Our hearts go out to all the families and friends of those who lost their lives in Orlando. It was a senseless attack, where it appears people were targeted for their sexuality.

“In less than two weeks time, tens of thousands of people from all over the world will be coming to Pride in London. The horrific events in Orlando highlight that the campaign for respect and equality must go on within communities across the globe. On June 25th, together, we will honour the people who lost their lives, and stand united in a moment of solidarity, peace and remembrance.

"This has happened before in our own city. It was only in 1999 that communities in Brixton, the East End and in Soho, at the Admiral Duncan, were targeted with lives lost and changed forever. It's vital this horrific attack is not used to drive a wedge between communities here in the UK. We must all focus on what binds us rather than what separates us and stand in unity."

Pride in London Director Mohsin Zaidi said: “This is a devastating and barbaric attack that will be felt across the LGBT+ community and all over the world. Pride in London stands shoulder to shoulder with all the people who have been touched by this tragedy. It seems that people lost their lives at the hands of someone who despised our way of life. Pride can be our moment to stand tall in the face of such brutality.”

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