Local celebrities, politicians and members of the gay community gathered outside Linq bar in Soho on Monday evening to remember those killed in a terrorist attack on an Orlando gay club on Sunday.
Over 100 people lit candles and held rainbow signs in support of the LGBTI community. Guests included US Consul Clifford Hart, Canadian Consul Ian Burchett, New Zealand Consul Gabrielle Rush, singer-songwriter and activists Anthony Wong and Denise Ho, Demosistō’s Nathan Law, LGBTI activist Billy Leung and legislators Raymond Chan and Cyd Ho.
“In spirit of Ramadan we cannot succumb to Islamophobia and the contagions that label people because of their religion,” Hart said. “It is an individual out there that did this terrible crime and it is being investigated. The irony of this homophobic act is that it is bringing people together regardless of their differences.”
The vigil was organised by Betty Grisoni and Abby Lee of gay group Les Peches. Supporting organisations included Aids Concern, the Big Love Alliance, Double Happiness, HKGALA, Pink Alliance, Pink Dot and Out in HK.