How Philly’s LGBTQ Community Reacted to the Orlando Shootings
As the nation mourned the victims of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, Philly’s LGBTQ community reacted on Twitter during Philly Gay Pride.
On Sunday, there was concern initially that the Orlando tragedy would diminish attendance at the Philly Gay Pride festival at Penn’s Landing. However, the Philadelphia Police Department increased security, and bag checks at the main entrance and increased wristband surveillance were instituted. G Philly was out and about covering yesterday’s festivities and observed huge lines and crowds as usual. Earlier today, Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs director Nellie Fitzpatrick tweeted that not one arrest was made during yesterday’s events.
A vigil is planned at City Hall tonight at 6:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring candles, lighters, and signs. They are also requesting that guests “uplift, support, & prioritize the voices of our queer latinx and queer muslim family & community members during this solidarity vigil.”