June is the month when communities around the world celebrate LGBT pride with parades and other festivities. But the gatherings have taken on a somber tone after the death of 50 people and injury of 53 more in a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
The violence in Orlando marked the largest mass shooting in United States history and the worst act of terrorism on American soil since September 11, 2001.
In cities across the United States, as well as in countries as far away as Israel, Chile, and France (itself the scene of recent deadly terror attacks), people have set up memorials and gathered for vigils for the victims of the Orlando attack.
In Manhattan on Sunday, mourners gathered outside of the Stonewall Inn, where 47 years ago in June, a group of gay patrons of the bar fought back against the routine police raids that had targeted them. The event was a catalyst in the modern gay rights movement.
The gatherings around the world Sunday are a reminder that, while violence and intolerance toward LGBT individuals and groups is nothing new, neither is the desire to push for equal treatment and cultural tolerance.