Atlanta’s LGBT community and allies will come together Sunday for a candlelight vigil in honor of the victims of the early morning shooting at an Orlando LGBT nightclub that left 50 dead and 53 injured.

The vigil will take place at 8:45 p.m. in the parking lot of TEN Atlanta at the corner of 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue, which almost a year ago was the site of a community celebration to mark the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision striking down same-sex marriage bans nationwide.

“Let’s meet in TEN’s parking lot at sunset (8:45pm) and stand in solidarity with our brothers & sisters in Orlando,” the event invite reads. “Please bring any candles that you have, even if they are in little glass jars. Whatever you have. We will light up the night. What makes us different makes us beautiful. We need to stand strong in the face of terror and show them they can’t take away our pride. Bring your rainbow flags too!”

The Atlanta Police Department is aware of the event and will be making a statement about increased patrols in the area shortly.

2:35 p.m. UPDATE: There is another vigil taking place at 7 p.m. in the parking lot outside of Burkhart’s. “Please join us in the parking lot outside the Ansley Bars as we pay tribute to those that were lost last night in the Orlando nightclub mass shooting and as we send positive energy, thoughts, and prayers for recovery into the universe for those injured,” the event invite reads.

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  1. SayItLoud

    While I have empathy for the victims, families and their loved ones … I am having a hard time jumping on the ” emotional bandwagon ” that comes with one of these events. Plenty of prayers will be said, pretty bears laid and candles lit … but after … what will change? There have been 71 of these incidents since the McDonalds Massacre of 1984 … and America keeps praying and burning candles … The Mentality Must Change … Separate Church and State!

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