As you'll be aware, on Saturday night a gunman named Omar Manteen, 29, entered LGBT venue Pulse in Orlando and murdered 50 people, leaving another 53 wounded.
At the time of the attack, Pulse was hosting a latin night headlined by transgender artists. It is LGBT people from the latino community that have been the worst affected. It is also the deadliest mass shooting in American history and the biggest terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11.
While many details about the massacre are still yet to be confirmed, two things are obvious: that this was a deliberate hate crime against LGBTQ+ people, and this crime was enabled by legal gun ownership in America.
People are still coming to terms with what happened on Saturday night, with an outpouring of messages across social media. Throughout Sunday, #LoveWins, #Pulse and #Orlando were trending, with the vast majority of messages sending love, thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families from people all over the world. Here are just a few of the many messages in the last 24 hours.
Many have used the events to encourage the LGBTQI community to stand together against all forms of bigotry, including homophobia, racism, transphobia and Islamophobia.
This was an assault on queers, undocuqueers, Latinos, immigrants, Americans. The men and women I love, my people, mi gente, mi familia.— Mathew Rodriguez (@mathewrodriguez) June 12, 2016
Bigotry is dangerous.— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) June 12, 2016
As this nation continues to pass anti-LGBTQ legislation while failing to pass gun legislation, we get Orlando.
Don't let Islamophobes weaponise our identities to fuel their agenda. Don't allow Islamophobia to exclude our Muslim LGBT+ siblings #Orlando— Josh (@J_Manasa) June 12, 2016
FYI: The gay agenda has always been "enjoy every moment you can before a hateful person takes it away."— Solomon Georgio (@solomongeorgio) June 12, 2016
Many celebrities shared their grief and sympathies with the families of the victims, as well as showing their support to the LGBTQ community.
be proud. do not let fear win. even when it's hard.— h (@halsey) June 12, 2016
Stand strong w/ ur pride, it belongs to u. Love is opposite of hate. My sincerest mourning 4 LGBTQ's suffering 2day pic.twitter.com/0n3A143GEg— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) June 12, 2016
Not living in fear is a form of activism. #PrayForOrlando— Bob The Drag Queen (@thatonequeen) June 13, 2016
It's hard to quantify how much hate a person must feel to kill 50 innocent people simply because they are LGBTQ+, during the month of Pride. The victims were people like anyone else; they had friends, family, loves. All they wanted to do that evening was to go to a space where they felt safe to be themselves. That night, however, they weren't. The whole PopBuzz team would like to extend their deepest sympathies to the victims and their families, as well as expressing our support for all members of the LBGTQ+ community.
If you'd like to help support the family of victims in anyway, FADER have made a list of organisations over here.