Landmarks All Over the World Lit Up in Rainbow Colors as Tribute to Orlando Victims
June 13th, 2016
"Je suis Orlando."
In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in American history, the world came together in support of love triumphing over hate. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo tweeted, “Paris stands with Orlando. Tonight, The Eiffel Tower will be illuminated in the LGBT colours in honour of the victims #lovewins."
Paris, another city recently terrorized by a November attack that killed 130 people, paid tribute to Orlando by lighting up the iconic Eiffel Tower in LGBT colors to honor the victims and show their solidarity.
Other cities and countries across the world did the same, from New York, to Tel Aviv, to Sydney.
New York City's One World Trade Center also lit up in the colors of the LGBTQ flag. The shooting in Orlando was the worst act of terrorism on American soil since the September 11th, 2001 attacks claimed the lives of 2,996 people.
England's National Theatre also paid their tributes, as did many more cities and landmarks from across the world.
Hundreds of Italians gathered by Rome's Colosseum during a vigil to honor the victims and stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community.
A Muslim woman during a vigil in Seattle holds up a candle and a sign that says #NotInMyName. Her powerful message to the LGBTQ community is that many members of the Islamic Faith support and accept them.
Tel Aviv's city hall in Israel was lit up with the United States flag, Israel flag, and the LGBT flag alternating to show the support.
When the world comes together in times of terror and devastation to support love, there is no chance for hate to triumph. The heartfelt tributes from across the globe send a powerful message, not just one to honor the victims, but one that also stands against hate, telling evil that hate will not be tolerated.