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Councils condemn attack in Orlando


Yesterday's (12th June) attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, USA has been condemned by leaders at Gloucester City and Gloucestershire County Councils.

The attack came during the same weekend as the 11th annual Gloucestershire Pride event took place in Gloucester.

A gunman killed 50 people, leaving 53 others seriously injured, in a 2am attack on the Pulse nightclub, in Orlando, Florida.

The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, faith groups, Pope Francis and others have condemned the horrific attack, with President Barack Obama describing it as "an act of terror and hate". The Queen and Prince Phillip have offered their "thoughts and prayers" to those affected on behalf of the British people.

Hundreds of people joined the parade from Shire Hall to the docks to celebrate the LGBT community. The parade carried on to Gloucester Park where a carnival atmosphere was enjoyed by all attending.

Groups such as Gloscats transgender support group, the Gay Outdoors Club, Gay Girls of Gloucestershire, Victim support, Gloucestershire Police and GAY-GLOS had stalls at the event, offering information and advice.

Cllr Jennie Dallimore, deputy leader of Gloucester City Council, said: "This is an absolutely appalling act of terror against the LGBT community.

"Hate has no place in modern society, and I am pleased that in Gloucester and elsewhere in the county, there is so much positivity towards LGBT community.

"This weekend's Pride event shows just how much support there is and I know the people of Gloucester will join me in offering our condolences and support to those affected."

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: "I was shocked and saddened by the horrific attack in Orlando on Sunday morning.

"We are proud of our county's LGBT community, and support them fully during this sad time.

"Our thoughts go out to all those affected."

Both councils will be flying the rainbow flag today, in solidarity with those affecte

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