June 14, 2016 – For Talk 1300
United as one, the LGBT community of the Capital Region and supporters came together today for a candlelit vigil to honor the victims and survivors of Sunday’s mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando.
The vigil in West Capitol Park outside the state Capitol was one of many held across the Capital Region and the nation. The speakers, and the many of the hundreds in attendance, recognized the strides toward equality and acceptance the LGBT community has made over the years, but acknowledged Sunday’s shooting brought home the unfathomable degree of hate that still exists.
“We are not afraid. We’re not deterred, we are not distracted,” said In Our Own Voices Board of Directors chairman, Dr. Robert Miller. “We stand sure-footed and determined to despair fear and to evidence love and compassion in every one of our actions.”