The Andrews Labor Government will join the LGBTI community at a vigil at Federation Square to show its solidarity for Orlando, in the wake of America’s worst shooting event.
Victorians are invited to attend the vigil from 5pm tomorrow, Thursday 16 June 2016, and take a stand against hate and prejudice after 50 people were killed and 53 people injured at a gay night club in Orlando on Sunday morning.
A multi-faith service will be held at 6pm at St Paul’s Cathedral, Flinders Street Melbourne.
An online condolence book is available www.vic.gov.au/condolences
If you are affected by this tragedy and need support you can contact: Beyond Blue –www.beyondblue.org.au, Lifeline – www.lifeline.org.au – 13 11 14 or Gay and Lesbian Switchboard – www.switchboard.org.au – 1800 184 527
Quotes Attributable to Minister for Equality Martin Foley
“Victoria stands with Orlando and the LGBTI community around the world. Love will always win over senseless, horrific hate.”
“We extend our sympathies and our compassion to the friends and families mourning the loss of their loved ones.”
“There is no place for hatred and discrimination of any kind in our state, country or world. We will continue to work to create a society where equality is not negotiable.”
Quotes Attributable to Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality Rowena Allen
“I feel deeply at this time for the families of those killed. As the Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality, I will continue working to create and protect safe spaces for LGBTI Victorians.”
“Hatred of any kind, whether it be homophobia, biphobia or transphobia, is unacceptable and must be stamped out.”