13 June 2016

Sheffield is joining cities across the world in solidarity for the victims of the Orlando shooting which killed 49 people in a nightclub early on Sunday morning.

A rainbow-coloured flag – the Pride flag of the LGBT community and a symbol of openness and tolerance – will be raised at the Town Hall tonight (Monday) to show unity with all those who oppose such violence. It will remain raised for two days.

Commemorations in other major cities include the One World Trade Center in New York being lit up in the colours of the pride flag and the Eiffel Tower which will be lit up with the American flag tonight.

Councillor Leigh Bramall, Deputy Leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “We condemn the shooting and stand in solidarity with others across the world to show our sympathy for the victims and their families.

“We are flying the rainbow flag from the Town Hall. We believe that everyone has the right to live free of persecution and prejudice. Sheffield joins the rest of the world in rejecting the hate shown by the shooting and stands with the LGBT community.”

A candle-lit vigil will be held at 7pm on Monday in Hallam Square organised by Sheffield Hallam University’s Student Union LGBT+ group.

LGBT is the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.