Orlando shooting: LGBT people show their solidarity with powerful messages on Twitter

Thousands of people are uniting online to show support to the LGBT community in the wake of a mass shooting at a gay club in Florida.

In one of the worst shootings in recent US history, 50 people were killed and 53 injured when gunman Omar Mateen opened fire at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

In a joint statement, Irish LGBT organisations, BeLonG To, GLEN and TENI said that while they were in shock at the attack, "the LGBT+ community is no stranger to violent attacks and we will, as we have had to do before, harness the aftermath, the grieving, the anger, into something positive that has made the next generation’s lives better".

"Let us remember that LGBT Muslims are equally as terrified of an indiscriminately homophobic killer as anyone else, but are now likely to face increased racism as a result of this attack….Together we are inviting the Irish LGBT communities, our friends and allies, to join us in a rainbow vigil at 18.45hrs Monday 13 June 2016 at Barnardo’s Square (beside City Hall on Dame Street, Dublin 2) for a silent expression of our solidarity and sympathy with all those affected and bereaved by the tragedy and find collective comfort in a public display of condolence and defiance.

"Please bring your rainbow flags and emblems."

Following an outpouring of grief, many have taken to Twitter to show their solidarity following the tragic shooting, using the hashtag #GaysBreakTheInternet.

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