(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.
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: