21/06/2016 | Writer: Kaos GL

Even though the Parade generally is a very joyful event the attack of Orlando cast a dark shadow over the event and reminded everybody once again that even in the most developed countries hatred and intolerance are still omnipresent.

Reactions to the Orlando Attack in Germany, Austria and Switzerland Kaos GL - News Portal for LGBTI+

The attack on the LGBTI Club "Pulse" were many people lost their lives dismayed Pink Cross. Pink Cross is the umbrella organization of lesbians and gays in Switzerland. Pink Cross, in cooperation with other organizations, organized a solemn vigil on the 13 of June in Zurich. People lit candles and in silence expressed their dismay.

Also in Berlin thousands of people assembled in front of the Brandenburger Gate to honor the 49 casualty. On Monday a bunch of people already gathered together in front of the US-Embassy, where they lay down flowers and showed their commiseration and solidarity. But two well known Berlin’s wanted to set an even bigger example and managed to convince the towns government to enlighten the Brandenburger Gate in Rainbow Colors.

One year ago people celebrate at the exact same place the opening of marriage for same-sex couples in the USA. And now one assembles together to recover from a senseless act of violence and hatred.

Ryan Stecken a well known member of the LGBT community in Germany lost some of his best friends as a result of the Orlando massacre. He read out the names of all the victims and presented them briefly afterwards he then intoned John Lennon's "Imagine" but not only Berlin grieved, the attack lead many people to go on to the streets and express their commiseration.

In Austria, Chancellor Christian Kern, said at the conclusion of the Vienna LGBTI Parade: “This murder recalls what is our common enemy: Hatred , intolerance , violence." The Vienna LGBTI Parade was led by a group of people who carried a sign with the inscription: "Victims of Hate Crimes - Marching for Those Who Can't" 

Even though the Parade generally is a very joyful event the attack of Orlando cast a dark shadow over the event and reminded everybody once again that even in the most developed countries hatred and intolerance are still omnipresent.   


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