World's gay communities rally after Orlando attack

Orlando Police Chief John Mina (right) speaks during a press conference on South Orange Avenue, near the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on June 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO

What you need to know:

  • Thousands lined the streets in the central London district of Soho, long a hub for the gay community in Britain, bursting into chants of "we're here, we're queer, we will not live in fear" under rainbow flags.
  • In Australia, the landmark Sydney Harbour Bridge was lit with the rainbow colours of the gay community flag as hundreds gathered to condemn terror and homophobia.
  • In Berlin, more than 100 people gathered outside the US embassy to lay flowers, light candles and wave rainbow flags.
  • In the Netherlands, the first country to legalise same-sex marriage, hundreds gathered at Amsterdam's "Homomonument", composed of three pink triangles, designed to commemorate gay men and women who have been persecuted because of their sexuality.



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