A minute’s silence was held in Leeds today following the massacre of 50 people at a gay nightclub in Florida at the weekend.
Leeds City Council observed the silence in respect of the victims, and in support of the LGB&T (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community.
Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Gerry Harper said: “Leeds has a strong LBG&T community and we will share their mourning as we remember those who perished in Orlando, those who were hurt and their loved ones.”
Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council said: “We are working with others to make sure appropriate support is available to those who may need it and make clear our commitment to support all the diverse communities in Leeds.”
Leeds City Council chief executive Tom Riordan added: “What we have seen in Orlando, with so many lives lost and people injured is a profound tragedy.”
The American and Rainbow flags will fly at half-mast on civic hall during the events.
Last night Leeds’s LGB&T community joined together at 11pm on Lower Briggate, commonly known as Gayleeds, in remembrance of the victims.
At least 50 people were killed at a club in Orlando which American President Barack Obama said was a an “act of terror” and an “act of hate”.
Mr Obama said it was a reminder of how easy it is to obtain a weapon that allows them to shoot innocent people.