Mourners at New York’s Iconic Stonewall Inn Remember LGBT Victims of the Orlando Shooting

Hundreds gathered at the gay rights landmark.

<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/authors/james-west">James West</a>


Hundreds of New Yorkers rallied today at the historic Stonewall Inn to remember the victims of a mass shooting who died early this morning at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Stonewall became a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer resistance in 1969 when police raided the gay bar, leading to riots in the streets. When news broke that at least 50 people died in Florida, the tavern announced on Twitter, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families in Orlando. We stand in solidarity and in sadness with our entire LGBT community.”

In front of the brick building, a large crowd held rainbow flags inscribed with the peace sign and chanted, “No hate, no hate, no hate.” People at the vigil spoke passionately about the victims, calling them “family” and members of a community that “will never be silenced again.”