On behalf of Calgary’s LGBTQ community, Calgary Pride offers its heartfelt condolences to those impacted by the shooting in Orlando, Florida at Pulse Nightclub early this morning. In this deeply tragic event that took 50 lives and injured 53 more, we are faced with a painful reminder of the hate and discrimination faced by our community. As a family, we mourn the loss of life, and come together in strength and solidarity with our LGBTQ siblings around the world.

 

A candlelight vigil has been organized for tonight, Sunday June 12th at 9:00pm in Olympic Plaza, where the victims will be remembered and mourned. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own candles and matches.

 

Those who are experiencing distress from these events are encouraged to contact the Calgary Distress Centre 24 hour crisis line, at (403) 266-4357, where resources are readily available.

 

The organizers of Calgary Pride are committed to providing a safe and positive festival event for all attendees, and will be working with the City of Calgary, Calgary Police Services, and the Calgary Emergency Management Agency to ensure that safety continues to be the utmost priority for all events.