A vigil will be held in Reading this Saturday in remembrance of the at least 49 people dead and many more critically injured in a gun attack on the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida last Saturday night.
The vigil is being organised by Reading Pride, coordinated with other Prides across the UK. It will take place at 6pm on Saturday in Town Hall Square.
Chair of Reading Pride, Andy Adams said:
What we saw in Florida has shocked the world and shows the hatred and violence that is still targeted at LGBT+ people even in some of the most developed countries in the world. We must stand in solidarity with those killed and injured and their friends and loved ones, to send a message about the kind of world we need to build.
Pride Operations Manager, Christina Dearlove added:
This is a devastating and barbaric attack that will be felt across the LGBT+ community. Many of us on the Pride Committee remember what happened here in our own Country in 1999 when 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 attack is not used to drive a wedge between communities here in the United kingdom. We must all focus on what binds us rather than what separates us and stand in unity.
People from all communities in Reading are being encouraged to attend at 6pm on Saturday 18th June to show their support, any enquiries or organisations wishing to get involved should contact [email protected]