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Photos: Orlando’s shooting victims were remembered last night—even where being gay is illegal

Reuters/Carlo Allegri
Orlando, June 13, 2016.
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Memorials were held and tributes offered around the world last night (June 13) for the 49 people who were killed at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, over the weekend. Crowds gathered and politicians paid tribute in countries that support LGBT rights, as well as those that don’t.

In Sydney, Australia, the town hall was lit up in pink on Monday night.

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Sydney Town Hall

and citizens set up an impromptu candlelight memorial:

AP Photo/Rick Rycroft
A memorial in Sydney.

In Bangkok, where anti-gay rhetoric has been growing under a military junta government, a makeshift memorial was set up outside the US Embassy.

EPA/Diego Azubel
Bangkok, June 13.

And in Hong Kong, citizens raised rainbow umbrellas and lit candles during a memorial in the central business district:

EPA/Jerome Favre
Hong Kong.

China’s LGBT groups issued a statement condemning the violence and expressing love. Depictions of homosexuality are banned in Chinese media and only 5% of China’s LGBT populations are out of the closet.

In India, where homosexuality is illegal, students in Mumbai made a rangoli from colored powder to commemorate the victims:

Reuters/Danish Siddiqui
Mumbai, June 13.

In Russia, where gay “propaganda” has been banned and the parliament recently considered a bill that would ban gay couples from holding hands, a small memorial was erected outside the US Embassy.

Reuters/Maxim Zmeyev

One gay couple posted on Facebook that they were arrested for “unauthorized action” after the duo laid a placard there that said “Love wins.”

The AP photographed a man being detained at the memorial.

AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko
A Russian police officer detains a gay rights activist at the US Embassy in Moscow.


And governments from countries where homosexuality is illegal or persecuted, including India, Egypt, Singapore, and Iran sent their condolences.

In countries where gay rights are supported, the memorials were larger and often state-sanctioned.

In Paris, the Eiffel Tower was lit up with rainbow lights.

AP Photo/Martin Meissner
The Eiffel Tower in Paris.

The London Gay Men’s Chorus performed a Simon and Garfunkel classic in Soho:

While hundreds of people gathered outside the historic Stonewall bar in New York’s Greenwich Village:

Reuters/Shannon Stapleton
The Stonewall Inn.

And in Boston, City Hall was lit with rainbow lights.

Reuters/Gretchen Ertl
Stephen Flowers (L) and Nick Bazo, hold a photo of their friends Drew Leinonen and Juan Guerrero, both killed in the Orlando’s Pulse nightclub attack.

Los Angeles held a candlelight vigil.

Reuters/Lucy Nicholson
Los Angeles.

Thousands gathered outside Orlando’s performing arts center. Memorial services and vigils will be held in Orlando for the rest of the week.

Reuters/Carlo Allegri
Orlando, June 13.

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