"I am indeed Orlando, and in times like this, I find myself at a loss for what to do."From: NewNowNext
The Stonewall Inn is the symbolic birthplace of the LGBT rights movement—a movement born out of violence but with a message of peace and love.
On Monday night, thousands poured into the streets around Stonewall to commemorate the victims of the Orlando massacre, and galvanize the community into action.
Speakers at the gathering ranged from Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo to entertainers Nick Jonas and Tituss Burgess.
“I have to tell you, being here and seeing all of your faces has comforted me in a way that I did not expect coming down here,” said Burgess to the crowd. “I am indeed Orlando, and in times like this, I find myself at a loss for what to do.”
But he knew just what to do, singing “Somewhere” from West Side Story
Governor Cuomo called for gun-control reform in the wake of yet another devastating mass shooting.
“We had Columbine, we had Virginia Tech, we had Sandy Hook, we had San Bernardino, we had Aurora, Colorado—when does it stop?” Governor Cuomo said.
“The problem is that people who are willing to take lives indiscriminately can get a gun,” a mourner said.
Cuomo also called on those present to not shrink in fear but to be louder and prouder in the face of adversity.
“Let’s pledge tonight to have the largest Pride parade in history,” said Cuomo, referencing the annual procession happening June 26.
Other vigils were held around the world on Sunday and Monday.
Below, more images from the Stonewall gathering.