Thousands of Londoners gathered in Soho in tribute to the 49 people killed by a gunman at an Orlando gay nightclub.
The mass vigil was held in solidarity with the victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre, carried out by gunman Omar Mateen, who pledged allegiance to ISIS.
Tonight’s event saw bars in Old Compton Street temporarily stop serving drinks while people gathered outside to link arms and pay their respects to the victims.
Many people in the crowd carried rainbow flags while others held up a sign with the message: “Love wins”.
Around 2,500 people had suggested they would attend the event and pictures from the scene showed the street completely packed out.
And at 7pm, the entire street fell silent in tribute, before applause broke out and 49 balloons were released into the air.
A chant also went up from the crowd, who shouted: “We’re here, we’re queer, we will not live in fear.”
Londoner Matt Stokes, 23, told the Standard: “There was a sudden, very moving wave of silence which went over the whole crowd.
“Some people were in tears and there were lots of people consoling each other which was very moving too.
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Am finding a hard time to rationalize this ‘all faith’ coming together to ‘stand against’ hate theme with true Christianity.
Don’t get me wrong, this is not about who is a better sinner between them and me, but for this specific sin, God destroyed the world, twice.
Today we are saying people of ‘all’ faiths are coming together to stand with the gay community against hatred.
I am sure if Noah or Abraham or Lot were alive today to witness to the horror of God’s wrath against sin, they will not ‘stand in solidarity’ with the gay community.
When we know God’s love is reflected in our keeping his commandments, but today we are saying “love wins” even ‘without’ keeping his commandments.
Yes we can condemn what that guy did but when we decide to ‘stand in solidarity’ that simply means we endorse that lifestyle and say…hey….maybe God made a mistake in Noah and Lot’s time and Jesus death corrected that mistake.
What we are actually saying is that the laws that forbid homosexuality are ‘hateful’ laws and because we have love, we should simply ‘let go’ of this hatred.
Going forward, it is going to be particularly very hard for Christians to hold true to the Bible in it’s entirety. Simply put, the LGBT community finally has enough sympathy to quell certain areas of the Bible.