Over 1,000 Long Islander’s gathered at the LGBT Network‘s community center in Bay Shore for a candlelight vigil to remember the victims of the Orlando massacre and call for meaningful change on June 13th.
The vigil included remarks from LGBT Network CEO David Kilmnick, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Tim Sini, Suffolk County Legislators Monica Martinez, Tom Cilmi, Steve Stern, Kara Hahn and William Spencer, Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, representatives from the Muslim community and youth, seniors, parents and members of the transgender community.
“Your Long Island family stands in solidarity with you,” said LGBT Network CEO David Kilmnick to a crowd that held hands and shed tears together as they held candles. “We are Orlando.”
“This should be a call to the entire country to join together, to fight hate and discrimination against all races, against all ethnicities, all religion, all sexual orientations and gender identities,” Kilmnick said.
The vigil was emotional, moving and inspiring – it was a reminder that together we are stronger and that in the end Love Wins!