Baltimore LGBTQ community mourns victims of night club shooting

Posted at 7:07 PM, Jun 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-14 06:20:43-04

The people of Orlando have been asked not to hold any vigils because of the strain they would put on the city's limited resources. 

Here in Baltimore, several groups have elected to host vigils

Hundreds lined Charles Street and North Avenue Monday night mourning those murdered and hurt in Sunday's massacre at Orlando LGBTQ nightclub, Pulse.

One attendee, James  Gray III told ABC2,"I feel hurt because I also deal with not being accepted for who I am, being openly bisexual in Baltimore."

He's not alone. Hundreds gathered to fight the same hate that lead to the worst act of terror on U.S. soil since 9/11.

"My heart breaks for all the people that were affected, the families, the people that were in the club but  i personally think of it as a call of action," Lindsay Walker said.

A call to action to unite instead of separate, to love instead of hate.

"To mourn together and grow together as a community and work towards getting passed this disaster that's happened to the entire LGBT community to the entire nation," said Victor Von Valentine.

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"It's about raising awareness and creating a sense of community," Walker said.

Since the shooting, that sense of community has been felt across the nation and now here in Baltimore.

"Baltimore stands with them. What happened in Orlando was horrific, It pains me to think about it," said Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

Through emotional songs, prayers and the light of candles, a community hopes its unity will overpower the darkness.

"We have to pull the community together and provide space for us to heal for us to hold each other and cherish the lives we still have," said GLCCB Director, Jabari Lyles.

But questions still remain.

"What happened in Orlando is indicative of the dangers that LGBT people still face-the real courage that it takes to live in your truth," said Lyles.

Baltimore city leaders and the police department have pledged extra vigilance in the LGBTQ community in light on Sunday's attack.

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