News from Pride Organizations in Niagara, Ontario and Western New York
Posted June 13th, 2016 on Niagara At Large
This Monday morning, St. Catharines, Ontario Mayor Walter Sendzik lowered the Pride flag to half-mast at City Hall in repsect for “our lost brothers and sisters” in Orlando Florida, representatives of Pride Niagara reported this morning.
A candlelight vigil for victims of a horrific mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub in the early hours of Sunday, June 12th – where a lone gunman killed at least 49 and wounded more than 50 people in a place regarded by members of the LGBT community as somewhere safe and peaceful to go – will be held in front of St. Catharines City Hall off King and James Streets in the city’s downtown, will begin at 8:30 p.m. on this Monday, June 13th.
The mayor will lead all who wish to attend the vigil in a moment of silence at 9 p.m.
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In Buffalo, New York, the Pride Centre of Western New York is hosting a candlelight vigil this Monday, June 13th at 6 p.m. at Niagara Square in front of Buffalo’s City Hall.
Matthew Crehan, the senior director of the Pride Center of WNY, noted in a statement that the attack in Orlando comes just a week after residents of the Buffalo area celebrated gay pride.
“The difficulty about things like this,” added Crehan, “is that they are designed by the people who perpetrate them to instill fear and to make people want to stay home and hide or change their identity. I think, if anything, this is a time when we’re reminded of the importance of visibility of being out, of coming together, and declaring that we’re here, we exist, and that we’re proud of ourselves.”
“Our hearts go out to the victims of the Orlando shooting and their loved ones. There are no words to express our heartbreak and outrage following this immeasurable tragedy,” Crehan said.
For more on the vigil and the Pride Center of Western New York click on – http://www.pridecenterwny.org/ .
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