Anger, Love And Hope At Orlando Vigil At NYC’s Stonewall Inn

"I am indeed Orlando, and in times like this, I find myself at a loss for what to do."

The Stonewall Inn is the symbolic birthplace of the LGBT rights movement—a movement born out of violence but with a message of peace and love.

On Monday night, thousands poured into the streets around Stonewall to commemorate the victims of the Orlando massacre, and galvanize the community into action.

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 13:  Attendees Hold Up Lights in Remembrance of those fallen in the Orlando Masscre on June 13, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)
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A group of mens embraces each other as they  part during a vigil in solidarity outside Manhattan's historic Stonewall Inn to express their support for the victims killed at Pulse nightclub in Orlando in New York on June 13 ,2016. The American gunman who launched a murderous assault on a gay nightclub in Orlando was radicalized by Islamist propaganda, officials said Monday, as they grappled with the worst terror attack on US soil since 9/11.   / AFP / KENA BETANCUR        (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
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Speakers at the gathering ranged from Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo to entertainers Nick Jonas and Tituss Burgess.

“I have to tell you, being here and seeing all of your faces has comforted me in a way that I did not expect coming down here,” said Burgess to the crowd. “I am indeed Orlando, and in times like this, I find myself at a loss for what to do.”

But he knew just what to do, singing “Somewhere” from West Side Story

Governor Cuomo called for gun-control reform in the wake of yet another devastating mass shooting.

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2016/06/13: NY governor Andrew Cuomo references James Baldwin in speech on Christopher Street. NY governor Andrew Cuomo & NYC mayor Bill de Blasio appeared together on Christopher Street in front of the historic Stonewall Inn to lead a vigil in solidarity with the victims of the Orlando Pulse nightclub massacre. (Photo by Andy Katz/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Andy Katz/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

“We had Columbine, we had Virginia Tech, we had Sandy Hook, we had San Bernardino, we had Aurora, Colorado—when does it stop?” Governor Cuomo said.

“The problem is that people who are willing to take lives indiscriminately can get a gun,” a mourner said.

Cuomo also called on those present to not shrink in fear but to be louder and prouder in the face of adversity.

“Let’s pledge tonight to have the largest Pride parade in history,” said Cuomo, referencing the annual procession happening June 26.

Logo TV was at the vigil, talking to those affected by the tragedy
 

 
Other vigils were held around the world on Sunday and Monday.

Below, more images from the Stonewall gathering.

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 13:  a General View outside of Stonewall Inn on June 13, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 13:  A General View at the Candle Light Vigil at Stonewall Inn on June 13, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 13:  Items Left in Front of Stonewall Inn In Remembrance of the Casualties of the Orlando  Massacre on June 13, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)
STONEWALL INN, MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES - 2016/06/12: Rally attendees express their grief. In tribute to the memory of the 50 dead and dozens wounded in the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando (FL), hundreds of members of the NYC LGBT community and supporters rallied near The Stonewall Inn in Manhattan's West Village to place flowers at a makeshift shrine to the fallen, rally for peace and stand in solidarity. (Photo by Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images
A man pauses as he attends a vigil in solidarity outside Manhattan's historic Stonewall Inn to express their support for the victims killed at Pulse nightclub in Orlando in New York on June 13 ,2016. The American gunman who launched a murderous assault on a gay nightclub in Orlando was radicalized by Islamist propaganda, officials said Monday, as they grappled with the worst terror attack on US soil since 9/11.   / AFP / KENA BETANCUR        (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty
STONEWALL INN, MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES - 2016/06/12: Attendees of the rally carry signs showing their support for the victims and survivors of the Orlando mass shooting. In tribute to the memory of the 50 dead and dozens wounded in the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando (FL), hundreds of members of the NYC LGBT community and supporters rallied near The Stonewall Inn in Manhattan's West Village to place flowers at a makeshift shrine to the fallen, rally for peace and stand in solidarity. (Photo by Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 13:  a General View outside of Stonewall Inn on June 13, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)
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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 13:  a General View outside of Stonewall Inn on June 13, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)
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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