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India vigils in memory of Orlando shooting victims

A makeshift memorial with flowers and handprints rests in a parking lot near the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla.
A makeshift memorial with flowers and handprints rests in a parking lot near the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla. source: Getty via NPR

The mass shooting in Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, US, during the early hours of June 12, resonates with those of us who have faced intolerance, hatred and violence simply for being who we are. The lesbian, gay, bi, trans*, intersex, queer, ally and other (LGBTIQA+) communities in India stand in solidarity with the families, biological and chosen, of the victims of this senseless crime.

LGBTIQA+ people have always been at the receiving end of bigots from all faiths, and we register our protest against initiatives by ideologues of all stripes to use this incident to advance political and personal agendas of xenophobia and Islamophobia. Bigotry is a form of violence against a community, and we stand firmly against all attempts to make this part of a global anti-Islam narrative, just as we resist the dastardly celebration of this incident by homophobic groups.

We condemn all forms of hatred and violence, whether based on sexuality, gender, religion, caste or ethnicity.

Protests and vigils are being planned in the following cities and towns (please contact us with updates, including more events or edits for existing ones):

Bengaluru, Karnataka June 145-7 pmTown HallMallu +91 95915-40181, Umesh ( Uma ) +91 85537-13148
Bhubaneswar, OdishaJune 14 6 pmRajamahal Square to City Station SquareSadhana – Sakha Foundation +91 94386-32408
ChandigarhJune 146-9 pmSector 17 Shopping Plaza, Chandigarh

Dhananjay Chauhan <chauhandhananjay341@gmail.com>

Chennai, Tamil Nadu June 1412.30-1.30 pmPress Club, Chepauk, Chennai Siva (Nirangal) +91 98406-99776, Felix (Orinam) +91 98843-73433

Coverage: The News Minute

Chickballapura, KarnatakaJune 18
DelhiJune 149 pm JNU campus
Ernakulam, KeralaJune 145-6 pmMarine Drive, Ernakulam


Marvell, Women’s Initiatives (WINS) Kerala Chapter and Queerala:
+91 81291-93225

Guwahati, AssamJune 155.30 pmDighalipukhuri Xukia
+91-87528-11414, +91-95082-75418, +91-96134-41230
Hyderabad, TelanganaJune 147.15 pmOutside Gachibowli Stadium+91 99851-24630
Imphal, ManipurJune 145.30 pmNew Checkon, Rajabani Road, Imphal (outside SAATHII office)Santa Khurai +91 84159-25251
Jaipur, RajasthanJune 157 pm Statue Circle, near Vidhan SabhaPushpa – Naibhor  +91 98292-91377
Kolar, KarnatakaJune 16
Kolkata, West BengalTBA
Lucknow, Uttar PradeshJune 187.30-8.30 pmGandhi Pratima, GPO Park, Lucknow
Mumbai, MaharashtraJune 146.30 – 8.00 PMHumsafar Trust, 3rd.Floor, Manthan Plaza,
Nehru Road, Vakola,
Santacruz (East),
MUMBAI 400,055.
Mumbai, MaharashtraJune 16 4 pmAzad Maidan, near CST,Mumbai Link
Patna, BiharJune 14, 20167 pmGandhi Maidan to Red Cross, PatnaReshma – DostanaSafar +91 84098-34552.
Raichur, KarnatakaJune 18

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