Candlelight vigils will be held across Queensland to honour the victims of the Orlando shooting.
A gunman opened fire in popular gay Florida nightclub Pulse on the weekend, killing 49 people and injuring 53 others.
Below is a list of gatherings organised across our part of the world, so people can pay their respects. If you are aware of any other events please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07 3852 5933 so we can list your area.
BRISBANE – June 14
The organisers of Brisbane Pride are tonight holding a vigil in the Brisbane CBD to allow people to “express their grief and mourn” the tragedy.
“This was an attack on our community and the depth of shock and mourning runs as deeply in Brisbane as it does anywhere,” Brisbane Pride President Deeje Hancock said. Deeje said Brisbane Pride shared a special connection to Florida, after having been gifted a piece of the mile-long rainbow flag which was stretched through Florida to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the flag’s inception.
The Brisbane vigil will be held at Reddacliff Place, out the front of Treasury Casino, at 6pm tonight (June 14). People attending are asked to bring their own candles, as a limited number will be available. Click here for the Facebook event.
CAIRNS – June 14
In Cairns, a candlelight vigil is being organised for the Paradiso Cairns Cafe at 96 Abbott St from 6pm tonight. Click here for the Facebook event.
“Show your support for our brothers and sisters who have been killed and injured in the senseless attack in Orlando,” organisers said.
“Funds raised at this vigil will be going directly to the victims and families affected by the shooting.”
SUNSHINE COAST – June 14
On the Sunshine Coast, a vigil will be held at Cotton Tree Park on The Esplanade in Maroochydore from 6pm. People attending are asked to bring candles and friends. Click here for the Facebook event.
“Our community is reeling from this incident and our hearts go out to the families and friends of the victims. We feel their loss and pain. When something as terrible as this occurs, we must stand together,” Sunshine Coast Rainbow Network organiser Fiona Anderson said.
TOOWOOMBA – June 14
In Toowoomba, a vigil will be held tonight from 5:30pm at the Victoria Bridge, between Russell Street and Chalk Drive.
“The Toowoomba Regional Council has agreed to relight the Victoria Street bridge in rainbow colours in support of the victims tonight,” organisers said.
LISMORE – June 15
In Lismore in northern New South Wales, a vigil will be held tomorrow night (June 15) from 5pm on the corner of Molesworth and Woodlark Streets. People attending are asked to bring candles or flashlights and meet at Diamonds Plus. Click here for the Facebook event.
TOWNSVILLE – June 19
In Townsville, a vigil is planned for this Sunday (June 19) at the Jezzine Barracks on Cook Street. Organisers are asking people to meet at the Batallion carpark from 5pm, to begin walking up to Kissing Point Fort at 5:30pm, lighting up the night with rainbow flags, torches and mobile phones. Click here for the Facebook event.
Yesterday hundreds turned out to candlelight vigils held in Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Darwin as landmarks around the country were illuminated and rainbow flags were raised to honour the victims.
Sydney’s Town Hall was lit up in pink, and Brisbane’s Story Bridge was lit in rainbow colours.
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