WASHINGTON -- Thousands gathered at DuPont Circle Wednesday evening for an interfaith prayer vigil for the victims of the Orlando nightclub.
“Orlando will see us tonight,” said one of the event organizers with Dignity/Washington, an organization for LGBTQ Catholics. “The nation and the world will see us tonight. And 49 angels and hundreds of survivors will see us tonight. We are DC, but more importantly, we are Orlando."
The names of the 49 people killed in the shooting were read aloud and the crowd responded with, “presente” (meaning present).
There was also a 102-second moment of silence. One second each for the 49 people killed and the 53 injured.
Those who came out said it was important for the LGBTQ community to mourn together.
“Some people don’t have the same family ties that straight people may have, so to come together as LBGTQ people, our ‘chosen family’, and to talk about what this means to us and what we’re frightened of and what we’re obsessing about and the loss, the pain that people feel,” said Dr. Patricia Hawkins.
The interfaith event featured speakers from the Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and Sikh communities and they urged those in attendance end religious-based homophobia, if any exists, in their congregations.