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Here's How Australians Showed Solidarity With Orlando

On Monday night, vigils and light displays showed Australia's solidarity with the terrible massacre.

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Australians and New Zealanders have held vigils for the 49 people murdered as they were out dancing in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, over the weekend.

At community gatherings across Australia and New Zealand, LGBTI people and allies came together to light candles, hear speeches, and mourn the 49 people killed when the Pulse Nightclub was stormed by a gunman in the early hours of Sunday morning.

On Monday afternoon, a vigil took place in Fitzroy, Melbourne.

The #Melbourne #vigil for the #OrlandoShooting #lgbt #solidarity. You can't ever dim our #pride

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And on Monday night, two separate vigils were held in Sydney: one in Taylor Square at the heart of Sydney's LGBTI district, and another in Newtown.

Claudia, 35, attended the vigil at Taylor Square.

"How could you not be here?" she told BuzzFeed News through tears. "I think of all the nights we've had out. I imagine being at [Sydney gay club] Palms and something like that happening. The fear."

"I've never been to a political rally in my life, but this just felt ... it's so horrific."

Sydney councillor and the sister of former prime minister Tony Abbott, Christine Forster, told BuzzFeed News that coming to Taylor Square was "the very least" she and partner Virginia could do to show their sorrow, "to let the victims and their families and friends in Orland know that we stand with them".

"This has been a terrible act of hate," she said. "An act of terror, which seems to have specifically targeted at the gay community ... This could have been any one of us."

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And in Auckland, at Western Park.

Monuments and buildings in cities across Australia and New Zealand lit up in rainbow colours, too. In Sydney ...

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Melbourne

Tonight we have lit Town Hall to show our love, support and solidarity. Spread the message that hate will never win.

Honouring those lost in #Orlando, tonight the Arts Centre spire and NGV will light up in the colours of the rainbow.

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Adelaide

When we light @TheAdelaideOval in rainbow colours we send a msg of solidarity to the USA & LGBTIQ community #Orlando

It is beautiful to see #adelaide and #Australia come out in support of the #LGBT community.


Vigil for #Orlando in Adelaide, South Australia

Perth

#Perth showing respect #OrlandoStrong #egallop #WesternAustralia

Brisbane

Brisbane's Story Bridge is lit up tonight for #Orlando. We are all with you! #LoveIsLove

Darwin

People in Darwin have met to honour those who died in the #PulseShooting in Orlando, USA.

Canberra

#NationalCarillon #Canberra #Australia lit up red in honour of those killed in #OrlandoShooting #Orlando #loveislove

Rainbow lights in Canberra in memory of those lost in #OrlandoNightclubShooting

Canberra's Malcolm Fraser Bridge lit up in rainbow colours. @abcnewsCanberra

Small candlelight vigil in #CBR tonight. Solidarity with Orlando's LGBTIQ community from Canberra's LGBTIQ community

Auckland, New Zealand

Beautiful Sky Tower lit up for Orlando tonight in Auckland. 🙏🏻🌈💔

And Wellington, New Zealand


Lane Sainty is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney, Australia.

Contact Lane Sainty at lane.sainty@buzzfeed.com.

Anna Mendoza is a photo editor for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.

Contact Anna Mendoza at Anna.Mendoza@buzzfeed.com.

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