LGBT advocates have scheduled a vigil Tuesday at Roger Williams National Memorial park in Providence, in response to the attack in Orlando, Florida, where a gunman opened fire in a nightclub, killing 49 people before he was shot down by police.
Speakers from several gay, lesbian, trans and queer groups will deliver remarks. Governor Gina Raimondo and Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza are also expected to participate.
LGBT advocate Kate Monteiro organized the gathering. She describes it as a chance to show solidarity in the local gay, lesbian and trans community during a difficult time.
“It will be a moment of sadness, but it will also be a recognition that this is as much our state, our community, our world as anyone else’s,” Monteiro said, adding that she hopes to send a positive message.
“We will not be intimidated. We will not be made to feel less than fully human. And that we need to address hate in our community, no matter where it comes from.”
Tuesday’s event comes after a vigil attended by an estimated 1,000 people on the steps of the statehouse Monday evening.