'Love is love:' Orlando shooting victims honoured with rainbow-themed tributes the world over
'We must honour the victims of this tragedy by continuing to embrace inclusively in the face of adversity'
All over the world, both online and off, bright and beautiful colours honour those affected by a dark and ugly event.
Rainbow flags, lights and art are splashed all over cities, towns and social media accounts as people express their outrage and sadness after 50 people were gunned down at a gay nightclub in Orlando in the middle of Pride month.
- Trudeau calls shooting a 'terror attack targeting the LGBTQ2 community'
- Obama calls Florida nightclub shooting an act of 'hate' and 'terror'
- #TwoMenKissing: Shadi Petosky posts pictures to defy the haters
Early Sunday morning, Omar Mateen of Port St. Lucie, Fla., armed with an assault rifle, killed 50 people and injured 53 at the Pulse nightclub before he was shot and killed by police.
Officers have not speculated on his motivations, but many U.S. and world leaders have condemned the shooting — the deadliest the nation's history — as a hate crime targeting the LGBT community.
We stand united with our LGBT community & its allies in the face of this unspeakable tragedy in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Orlando?src=hash">#Orlando</a> <a href="https://t.co/jwCROtV2cQ">pic.twitter.com/jwCROtV2cQ</a>—@thereaIbanksy
"When a violent act targeting members of the LGBTQI2S community becomes the worst mass-shooting in U.S. history, the sense of hurt and loss resonates globally," Egale Canada, a national LGBT rights organization, said in a statement.
"We must honour the victims of this tragedy by continuing to embrace inclusively in the face of adversity, and demonstrate that hatred and violence accomplish nothing of value or merit."
Praying for more love and less hate. Praying for more peace and less violence. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PrayforOrlando?src=hash">#PrayforOrlando</a> 💔💛💚💙💜 <a href="https://t.co/6cqqMnqJWG">pic.twitter.com/6cqqMnqJWG</a>—@lala
<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/pulseclub?src=hash">#pulseclub</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ImWithYou?src=hash">#ImWithYou</a> Peace & Love to the victims, families & friends. <a href="https://t.co/IzaGDanYdt">pic.twitter.com/IzaGDanYdt</a>—@jefferyrhenry
Sad day...<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PrayForOrlando?src=hash">#PrayForOrlando</a> <a href="https://t.co/bLuvf4VPRk">pic.twitter.com/bLuvf4VPRk</a>—@KalistoWWE
Others have draped rainbow filters over their Facebook profile pictures to show their solidarity.
Cities all over the world — including Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Montreal — are holding vigils for the victims, hanging rainbow flags from their buildings and lighting up their monuments in rainbow colours.
Toronto sign will be lit in colours of the rainbow today to honour the innocent victims in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Orlando?src=hash">#Orlando</a>.—@JohnTory
In solidarity with <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Orlando?src=hash">#Orlando</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TelAviv?src=hash">#TelAviv</a> City Hall is lit up with the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/USA?src=hash">#USA</a> flag and the flag of the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LGBTQ?src=hash">#LGBTQ</a> community <a href="https://t.co/ULKR0BeR7N">pic.twitter.com/ULKR0BeR7N</a>—@MayorOfTelAviv
U.S. President Barack Obama said it was a "heartbreaking" day for LGBT communities and a reminder that any attack on Americans is an "attack on all of us."
"What is clear is that he was a person filled with hatred," Obama said.
Tragedy in Orlando, <a href="https://twitter.com/MayorSlyJames">@MayorSlyJames</a> reports that the Bond Bridge will remain lit up rainbow colored in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/solidarity?src=hash">#solidarity</a> <a href="https://t.co/MsHVg4ojEL">pic.twitter.com/MsHVg4ojEL</a>—@Mather_Photo