Tens of thousands of people across Europe took to the streets Saturday in gay pride marches to pay tribute to the 49 people who were massacred in the Pulse nightclub in Orlando last weekend.
Vienna | C Bruna/Picture Alliance/DPA | 16234viega
In Vienna around 130,000 people turned out for the Rainbow Parade. A minute’s silence was held before the festivities got underway. The march was led by a black-clad group called “Victims of Hate Crimes – Marching for those who can’t,” holding a rope around a space where normally a float full of dancers would be, representing “those lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender and inter-sex people who lost their lives in Orlando and who can’t be marching with us”.
Berlin | J Carstensen/Picture Alliance/DPA | 16235berga
Berlin also showed its solidarity with the victims the shooting, with the Brandenburg Gate lit in the colors of the rainbow in an appeal for tolerance and support for gays and lesbians worldwide. In Portugal, “This massacre has affected us all,” said gay rights campaigner Paulo Corte Real at Lisbon’s Parade. “We are here to show our strength and to refuse all this hatred that we are still confronted with.”
London’s Pride is on Saturday 26 June.