Globe Awash in Rainbows as World Mourns Orlando Tragedy

A picture taken on June 13, 2016 shows people looking at the Eiffel Tower in Paris as it is illuminated in rainbow colours to pay homage to the victims of a shooting at a gay nighclub in Orlando. (LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)

(SOURCE)   Rainbows are usually seen as happy signs, heralding the return of sunshine after a storm has passed.

And though the pain of the tragic shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, has not passed, countries across the world are using rainbows, long a symbol of the LGBT community, to honor the victims.

 “It’s just a terrible thing to have happened,” Australian Mita told the Brisbane Times at a vigil in Sydney. “It could happen to any of us, no matter where in the world we are, and, unfortunately it happened in Orlando.”

The city’s Harbor Bridge was lit in rainbow colors, and the Town Hall, which flew a rainbow flag at half mast, was lit up entirely in pink.

In Paris, where the city’s iconic Eiffel Tower was bathed in rainbow light, French President Francois Hollande expressed his condolences, telling the Associated Press, “It’s American that was hit but freedom that was targeted, freedom to choose one’s sexual orientation, the freedom to determine one’s way of life.”

From New Zealand to Spain and across the United States, palaces, hotels, and city halls, all got the rainbow treatment, as thousands gathered at vigils in support.

“All around the world people are trying to come to terms with the horrific events that took place in Orlando this morning,” comedian James Corden said at  the 2016 Tony awards in New York, where city hall and One World Trade Center both showed rainbow colors in solidarity.

“On behalf of the whole theatre community and every person in this room, our hearts go out to all of those affected by this atrocity,” Corden said. “All we can say is you are not on your own right now. Your tragedy is our tragedy.”

Here are a few of the tributes from around the world:

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is illuminated with rainbow colors to remember victims of the Orlando night club massacre on June 13, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. 50 people were killed and 53 injured after a gunman opened fire on people in a gay nightclub in Florida. (Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)

 

People stand in front of the Royal Palace at Dam Square in Amsterdam as it is illuminated in rainbow colours to pay homage to the victims of a shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando. (EVERT ELZINGA/AFP/Getty Images)

 

The city hall and the heritage buildings on the Brussels Grand Place/Grote Markt lit up in the colors of the LGBT rainbow flag on 13 June 2016 in support of the victims of Orlando shootings in Brussels. (SISKA GREMMELPREZ/AFP/Getty Images)

 

One World Trade Center is lit in the rainbow colors in New York on June 12, 2016, in reaction to the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. (BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP/Getty Images)

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7 comments

  1. Hope Wingo

    What happened in Orlando was horrible and my heart goes out to the victim’s families. These people did not deserve to die. However, as a Christian, I refuse to bow down to the Spirit of Perversion that is being celebrated because of of it.

  2. Hope Wingo

    The massacre in Orlando was an absolute tragedy, and my heart goes out to all of the families who lost friends and relatives. However, as a Christian, I will not bow down to the spirit of perversion that is being celebrated in light of it. These are truly the days of Lot, and it breaks my heart to see it.

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  4. apriltulip

    This tragic event was countered with pride and defiance.
    It reminds me of 9/11 when we declared we would rebuild ‘stronger’ thank before.
    What this country, – the world truely needs is humility, and repentance.

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