After an act of terror that left 50 people dead and 53 wounded outside a popular Orlando, Florida, nightclub, the LGBTQ+ community celebrated Los Angeles Pride this year with heavy hearts. With many attendees going out of their way to memorialize the victims, these photos of L.A. Pride show the strength of the LGBTQ+ community, albeit with a looming, somber tone.
Many marchers were attending the event in solidarity with the Pulse victims and the tragedy was fresh on their minds. “I got up and I was determined that I was going to get out of the house today and do something I’ve never done before, which is actually walk in the march,” Jim Palmer told Slate.
Some attendees took on a defiant stance: "I feel like it's all the more reason to come out. That's trying to push us back. This is showing we're still here, we're still going to take a stand," 18-year-old Nicki Genco-Kamin told the Los Angeles Times.
Slate also reported that actor Danny DeVito had harsh words for leading American politicians on the subject of gun access: “It’s a shame that nobody does anything about this assault rifle bulls***. Nobody does it. Barack Obama. Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton. Bernie Sanders. You name it, nobody does anything about it."
Here are 11 photos of L.A. Pride that show what the scene was like in the wake of the horrific Orlando shooting:
While parades scheduled for this weekend in Los Angeles and elsewhere ended up going off without a hitch, 2016 will surely go down as one of the more sober Pride Months in recent memory.