Saratoga Pride committee organizes vigil in Congress Park

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The LGBTQ community and supporters came together Tuesday in Saratoga Springs for a vigil in memory of the Orlando shooting.

Eleven days ago, people gathered in Congress Park to celebrate Pride Month not knowing they would soon be back for a very different and tragic reason.

In the crowd of nearly 100, voices joined together in song regardless of sexual identity, race, or gender.

Rose is a member of the LGBT community.

“I just remember checking my phone in the morning and just being utterly horrified,” she said.

The group Saratoga Pride organized the vigil as a way to deal with the feelings of terror and grief.

“I hope that we will come together because we need to hold one another and to grieve together,” speaker Joyce Elliott said.

Elliott said the attack targeted people, who are to some extent, targeted every day.

“This community has been harmed physically over many, many years,” she said. “Some of it is very local, and some of it is very, very brutal.”

Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen said she’s aware of the reported attacks. She said there’s a need to push for a greater unity.

“To ensure that Saratoga Springs is totally behind [LGBT community] and to make sure that we are one community,” she said.

One community sending one message.

“We are with you,” Elliott said. “We are with you.”

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