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Photo: City Hall's Rainbow Lights Show LGBTQ Support In Wake Of Orlando Shooting

By Mae Rice in News on Jun 15, 2016 5:00PM

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City Hall put up rainbow-colored lighting on Monday—documented on Reddit and Imgur Wednesday—to show solidarity with the LGBTQ community in the wake of Saturday night's mass shooting at an Orlando LGBTQ club, a spokesperson for City Hall told Chicagoist.

The attack on Orlando's Pulse nightclub left 50 people dead; many of the victims identified so far were LGBTQ people and people of color.

The city of Chicago has shown strong support for the victims and the local LGBTQ community since the shooting. On Sunday night, Chicagoans held a vigil in Boystown in honor of those killed and wounded in Orlando. The city has also ratcheted up security in Boystown and Lakeview, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel has promised that Chicago's 47th Annual Pride Parade—scheduled for June 26—will go on as planned.

“We will not be intimidated by those who use fear and violence to attack our most fundamental values of inclusiveness and community," Emanuel said in a statement. "Two weeks from today I look forward to joining many others in Chicago as we come together as a city to celebrate those values, and the LGBT community, at our Pride Parade.’’