The British Home Secretary Theresa May has spoken out in the wake of the tragic Orlando shooting to say that Pride events across the UK should still go ahead.
Speaking in the Commons yesterday the Home Secretary said, ‘The attacks in Orlando on Saturday night were utterly evil and the government condemns them completely. At least 49 people were murdered and a further 53 people were injured seriously.
‘These people were enjoying a night out when an attack took place – our hearts go out to them, their families and their friends. This is the deadliest mass shooting in US history. It was an outrage committed to spread fear and born out of hatred.
‘It is clear that this attack has its roots in a warped ideology, which counts homophobia as a cornerstone of its warped worldview. This was not just an act of terror but an act of homophobic hatred.
‘I want to make clear to all LGBT people in Britain and around the world that we will not tolerate such bigotry and violence.’
She went on to say that there are currently no plans to cancel Pride events around the UK in the wake of the Orlando shooting. ‘The police’s position at the moment is that they have no plans to cancel or postpone any LGBT event due to take place over the coming days or weeks.
‘They will constantly assess that position, and if they need to give additional advice or take additional action, they will of course do so. Local police forces work very closely with Pride organisers to ensure that there is appropriate and proper security for Pride events.
‘It’s right that police consider security arrangements for the various Pride events that take place, and they will also assess at local level any other event that takes place, or particular venues that are frequented by large numbers of people from the LGBT community. If additional action is necessary, they will of course take it.
‘There are many ways in which people can show their solidarity with member of the LGBT community, and I would encourage them to do so.’