Last night, Adelaide mourned for the LGBTQI+ community, and those lost and injured in Orlando.
With only three hours notice, people gathered in Elder Park to hear leaders of the community speak.
Jay Weatherill; Jayne Stinson, Seven News reporter and Welcome to Australia ambassador; Chief Executive Officer of Welcome to Australia, Mohammad Al-Khafaji; and the leader of Feast, all spoke and gave their condolences.
Among the crowd, Lord Mayor Hon. Martin Haese and Senator Penny Wong were present and showing their support for the communities affected by the shooting.
While holding candles, listening to words of love and support, the atmosphere of sadness changed to peace and power.
After the minute of silence, the candles were placed on the Rotunda, and the group found comfort in the support surrounding them.
As a part of the LGBTQI+ community, yesterday was spent doing not much else other than crying. The loss was felt so deeply within the community. The support being shown on social media, from the wider community, around the world in all the pride marches and vigils that were held, was touching and proof that for the amount of bad in the world, there is good tenfold.
As Al-Khafaji said, “Hate will never win.”
Places to pay tribute, leave flowers or messages, include outside the Mars Bar on Gouger Street, Parliament House, or with the Port Adelaide Council.
Due to the short notice of last night's event, there will be another Vigil for Orlando this weekend.
When: Saturday the 18th of June, 6pm-8pm
Where: Elder Park Rotunda
Header image via Adelaide' Vigil for Orlando Facebook page
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