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LGBT love is stronger than anti-gay hate - Peter Tatchell and other activists at London's vigil in memory of the victims of the Orlando gay nightclub terror attack. | by alisdare1
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LGBT love is stronger than anti-gay hate - Peter Tatchell and other activists at London's vigil in memory of the victims of the Orlando gay nightclub terror attack.

Many hundreds of people, some wearing rainbow flags and others carrying placards, came to Old Compton Street in London's Soho district to show solidarity with the victims of Omar Mateen who killed 49 people and seriously injured another 53 in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.


The large crowd could barely fit into the street and it fell silent at 7 pm as a sign of respect for all those killed and injured in America's worst mass shooting in its modern history.


As well as activists from the Peter Tatchell foundation there were also a number of members from the "Out and Proud Diamond Group" at the vigil (for more information see below).


Peter Tatchell, the veteran human rights campaigner and head of the Peter Tatchell foundation, said


"the vigil is a huge act of solidarity and defiance. We are here, we are queer and we refuse to live in fear."


He added that he thought the LGBT community would not be intimidated and he was confident that London's LGBT pride on 25 June would prove to be the biggest ever.


Find out more about the Peter Tatchell Foundation and its work on various human rights issues, including LGBT rights, at


and on the Out and Proud Diamond Group, a Europe based African LGBTI rights group, at


Here are the names and ages of the 49 victims of the terror attack according to


Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old


Amanda Alvear, 25 years old


Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old


Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 years old


Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old


Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old


Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 years old


Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 years old


Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old


Cory James Connell, 21 years old


Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old


Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old


Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old


Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old


Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old


Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old


Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old


Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old


Frank Hernandez, 27 years old


Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old


Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old


Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old


Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old


Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25 years old


Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old


Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old


Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 years old


Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old


Kimberly Morris, 37 years old


Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old


Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old


Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25 years old


Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old


Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old


Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old


Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old


Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 years old


Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old


Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 years old


Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24 years old


Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old


Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old


Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old


Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 years old


Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old


Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old


Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old


Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old


Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 years old



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