Shine On: Pride Celebrations in Los Angeles, D.C., And Beyond Show The Strength Of The LGBT Community

We honored the fallen and proved love was stronger than hate.

We were all heartbroken Sunday morning when news broke that 50 people had been murdered and scores more wounded in a mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub.

The attack happened during Pride season but around the world LGBT celebrations went on as planned—and we and our allies proved we were stronger than hate.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 12:  Participants seen during LA PRIDE Music Festival and Parade 2016 on June 12, 2016 in West Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/WireImage)
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“Of course we are grieving and angry and we need to express that,” said the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lorri L. Jean at the outset of L.A. Pride.

“We also need to make sure we don’t allow this hateful incident to silence us.”

And that they did, as hundreds of thousands of people flocked to Santa Monica Boulevard for the annual procession, some wearing black armbands in memory of those who died.

Participants take part in the 2016 Gay Pride Parade in West Hollywood, California on June 12, 2016.  Security for the tightened in the aftermath of the deadly shootings June 12 at the Pulse, a packed gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. / AFP / Mark Ralston        (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
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A participant shows support for victims of the Orlando shooting during the 2016 Gay Pride Parade in West Hollywood, California on June 12, 2016.  Security for the tightened in the aftermath of the deadly shootings June 12 at the Pulse, a packed gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. / AFP / Mark Ralston        (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
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Logo was there, with RuPaul’s Drag Race stars Morgan McMichaels and Mariah Balenciaga.

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“With thoughts and prayers to our brothers and sisters in Orlando in this terrible tragedy, we must come together strong and as family,” Mariah told NewNowNext.

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“We are a community of strength, love and understanding. We will triumph over hate every time. In this month of Pride it is a bittersweet time for us but always know we never stand alone.”

Also there were sisters Sara and Erin Foster of VH1’s Barely Famous.

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As was the cast of Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

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And Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 12:  Actor Pete Gardner performs during LA PRIDE Music Festival and Parade 2016 on June 12, 2016 in West Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/WireImage)
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Sunday was also Philadelphia Pride, and the City of Brotherly Love did not disappoint. The mood was celebratory in the Gayborhood.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 12: Members of the Gays Mens Choir participate in the 2016 Gay Pride Parade march through downtown on June 12, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The mood was celebratory despite news of the mass shooting this morning in a gay club in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)
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Though the slain were not forgotten, as Austin Ellis of the Metropolitan Community Church carried a cross with a sign in memory of the victims.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 12: Austin Ellis, a member of Metropolitan Community Church, carries a cross with a sign in memory of the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting as he marches in the 2016 Gay Pride Parade on June 12, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 50 people were killed and 53 injured at the gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida early Sunday morning. (Photo by Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)
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PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 12: Grand Marshals wave from a float as they participate in the 2016 Gay Pride Parade march through downtown on June 12, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The mood was celebratory despite news of the mass shooting this morning in a gay club in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)
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PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 12: Participants of the 2016 Pride Parade march through downtown on June 12, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The mood was celebratory despite news of the mass shooting this morning in a gay club in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)
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Washington, DC, played host to Capital Pride Festival on Sunday, when Meghan Trainor performed for a roaring crowd.

Fellow headliner Charlie Puth dedicated “See You Again” to the city of Orlando and those lost in the attack on Pulse nightclub.

At 1pm, a moment of silence was observed on the Capitol Stage along Pennsylvania Avenue.

Across the Atlantic, it was also time for Kiev Pride, where more than 700 LGBT activists carried placards reading “Human rights comes first” and “minority rights are human rights.”

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It was the third-ever Pride event in the city, and the first in the city center, prompting an unprecedented police presence of several thousand officers and National Guard members along the route—though the entire march lasted only 20 minutes.

Activists of LGBT community shout slogans as they carry flags and placards during the Gay Pride parade on June 12, 2016 in Kiev. More than 700 gay rights activists marched through central Kiev on June 12 amid a massive police presence for the third such gay pride event in the ex-Soviet country where homophobia remains widespread. The June 12 march was the first ever gay pride rally to be held in central Kiev, prompting an unprecedented security operation with several thousand police and National Guard officers lining the route during the event, which lasted around 20 minutes.  / AFP / SERGEI SUPINSKY        (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
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While no violence was reported, right-wing nationalists held a counterdemonstration in the street, and several were arrested by police.

A man carries a smoke flare as far-right activists march during the Gay Pride parade on June 12, 2016 in Kiev. More than 700 gay rights activists marched through central Kiev on June 12 amid a massive police presence for the third such gay pride event in the ex-Soviet country where homophobia remains widespread. The June 12 march was the first ever gay pride rally to be held in central Kiev, prompting an unprecedented security operation with several thousand police and National Guard officers lining the route during the event, which lasted around 20 minutes.  / AFP / YURIY KIRNICHNY        (Photo credit should read YURIY KIRNICHNY/AFP/Getty Images)
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Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.
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