Forty-nine people were killed in a terrorist attack in Orlando.
"The enormous tragedy at Pulse Nightclub, in concert with the daily violence and discrimination that pervades our lives as LGBTQ people. have created a flawless storm of fear and trauma for our communities this year", Melissa Brown at the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project, a coalition member, said.
Club owner Barbara Poma said attendees had "gathered in the name of love", while Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer told victims' loved ones they would "once again once again be able to smile, and dance, and laugh".
"After Pulse, I understood the cost to our freedoms as well, as our very right to assemble was under attack", explains Takei, who is gay.
Lt. James Young, the Orlando Police Department's liaison to the gay community, says he's never seen so many rainbow flags outside of Pride weekends.
"Four friends that we lost; we knew about 16 of them", Peterson said.
"To march for our rights, especially the youth, the youth now, it's coming that gay equal rights should be a thing", said Alec Hernandez.
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Today, one year after the awful tragedy, the world mourns the loss of those innocent and proud members of our community who wanted to do but one thing: live an open and free life.
In the year since Americans awoke to learn of the deadliest mass shooting in the country's modern history, those mothers have formed a special bond based on shared heartache.
"The horrific terror attack at Pulse attempted to rip at the seams of our society, strike fear in our hearts and divide us".
"One year ago, we were confronted with a horrifying tragedy that none of us were prepared for", he said.
The Republican Party of Florida also sent out a statement Monday afternoon, addressing the mass shooting that injured 53 people.
Murals, hand-painted signs, stickers in windows, ribbons on lapels, decals on police cars. "The RPOF grieves alongside all who seek to honor the lives of those who perished, and joins the Orlando community in dedicating Orlando United Day". "It brought the human cost of gun violence home for me".
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