LGBT activists in Chennai came together on Tuesday to show solidarity with the victims of the Orlando shooting. A candlelight vigil was held at Chennai Press Club in remembrance of the victims.
“The mass shooting in Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, US, on the night of June 11, resonated with those of us who have faced intolerance, hatred and violence simply for being who we are,” stated a press release.
LGBT activists said their community has always been at the receiving end of bigots from all faiths. “We register our protest against initiatives by ideologues of all stripes to use this incident to advance political and personal agendas of xenophobia and Islamophobia,” the press release stated.
They also condemned all forms of hatred and violence, whether based on sexuality, gender, religion, caste or ethnicity.
A 29-year-old gunman killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando in the deadliest mass shooting in the US on Sunday. The lone gunman pledged allegiance to ISIS in a phone call to emergency number 911 during the attack.