SYDNEY TO STONEWALL

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

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.

epa05361200 A rainbow flag is seen as Sydney Town Hall is illuminated pink in memory of the victims of the Orlando nightclub mass shooting, in Sydney, Australia, 13 June 2016. At least 50 people were killed and 53 were injured in a shooting attack at an LGBT club in Orlando, Florida, in the early hours of 12 June. The shooter, Omar Mateen, 29, a US citizen of Afghan descent, was killed in an exchange of fire with the police after taking hostages at the club.  EPA/PAUL MILLER AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT
Sydney Town Hall (EPA/Paul Miller)

and citizens set up an impromptu candlelight memorial:

A man looks over an impromptu candle-lit memorial set up in Sydney, Monday, June 13, 2016, following the Florida mass shooting at the Pulse Orlando nightclub where police say a gunman wielding an assault-type rifle opened fire, killing at least 50 people and wounding dozens. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that the Orlando mass shooting was "an attack on all of us — on all our freedoms, the freedom to gather together, to celebrate, to share time with friends." (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
A memorial in Sydney. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

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

epa05361595 People light candles for the victims of a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, USA, outside the US embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, 13 June 2016. At least 49 people were killed and 53 were injured in a shooting attack in the early hours of 12 June. The shooter, Omar Mateen, 29, a US citizen of Afghan descent, was killed in an exchange of fire with police after taking hostages at the club.  EPA/DIEGO AZUBEL
Bangkok, June 13. (EPA/Diego Azubel)

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

epa05361346 Participants hold candles during a vigil for the victims of the Orlando shooting in Florida, in Central district, Hong Kong, China, 13 June 2016. At least 49 people were killed and 53 were injured in the shooting attack in the early hours of 12 June. The shooter, Omar Mateen, 29, a US citizen of Afghan descent, was killed in an exchange of fire with police after taking hostages at the club.  EPA/JEROME FAVRE
Hong Kong. (EPA/Jerome Favre)

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:

Students light candles around a rangoli, or mural made out of coloured powders, for the victims of the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando inside an art institute in Mumbai
Mumbai, June 13. (Reuters/Danish Siddiqui)

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.

A man places a candle for the victims of the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando in front of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia, June 13, 2016.  REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev - RTX2FZVK
Moscow. (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.

A Russian police officer detains a gay rights activist as he tries to show a poster reading "Love wins" at an impromptu memorial in memory of the victims of the Orlando nightclub attack at the U.S, Embassy in Moscow, Russia, Monday, June 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
A Russian police officer detains a gay rights activist at the US Embassy in Moscow. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

 

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

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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.

, France, shines in the colors of a rainbow to honor victims of Sunday's mass shooting at an Orlando gay club, Monday, June 13, 2016. People brought banners, flags and candles to the Place Trocadero in front of the Paris landmark. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
The Eiffel Tower in Paris. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

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:

People gather during a vigil outside The Stonewall Inn remembering the victims of the Orlando massacre in New York, U.S., June 13, 2016.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton - RTX2G2IL
The Stonewall Inn. (Reuters/Shannon Stapleton)

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

, at Boston's City Hall's Plaza in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. June 13, 2016.      REUTERS/Gretchen Ertl - RTX2G2U8
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. (Reuters/Gretchen Ertl)

Los Angeles held a candlelight vigil.

People attend a vigil in memory of victims one day after a mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, in Los Angeles, California, U.S. June 13, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson - RTX2G30F
Los Angeles. (Reuters/Lucy Nicholson)

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

A man sits and cries after taking part in a candlelight memorial service the day after a mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, U.S. June 13, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri - RTX2G2R8
Orlando, June 13. (Reuters/Carlo Allegri)
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