HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– The massacre in Orlando is impacting people everywhere. The president canceled a trip to Wisconsin scheduled for Wednesday where he was going to campaign with Hillary Clinton.
Flags around the country are flying at half-staff after an order from the president. Here in Connecticut, the gay pride flag is flying above the governor’s mansion. A vigil was also underway in Hartford, bringing together the gay and Muslim communities.
“It’s such a great collaboration because both communities have experienced being targeted for who we are,” said Robin McHaelen, an organizer of the event and executive director of an LGBTQ advocacy organization.Related: At Least 50 Dead in Orlando Gay Club Shooting, Suspect Pledged Allegiance to ISIS
The vigil happened on the steps of the state capital. It was a public display of solidarity with the people of Orlando, Florida.
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The event was organized by LGBTQ and Muslim peace activists. News 8 talked to members from both groups present there and they say the message was to show that they’re united against hatred and are mourning the lives of those lost.
“I felt it was important for the Muslim community to unite together with our LGBTQ community and all Americans to say that we are against hatred and violence,” said organizer and Co-Chair of the American Muslim Peace Initiative, Saud Anwar.Related: #PrayForOrlando: Social media reacts to worst mass shooting in US history
During the gathering many took time to share their thoughts on what has occurred, others prayed, and some sent a political message.
“The fact of the matter is no one needs to own a military style assault weapon that is capable of killing,” said Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT).
What the nation will do in the wake of what has occurred isn’t know, but what is, is that here in Connecticut people of diverse backgrounds will do it together.