Hamilton’s LGBTQ community banded together this afternoon to turn a mix of grief and anger into action.
The mass shooting at an Orlando gay club added significance to an already momentous occasion every year– the unfurling of the city’s pride flag and for the first time ever the trans pride flag as well.
The first action was showing up to city hall in solidarity.
The crowd swelled across the steps of city hall in numbers much greater than witnessed in 1995, the first year the city of Hamilton recognized Pride.
Marlon Picken, former chair of Hamilton’s LGBTQ Advisory Committee believes the tragedy lends new vigor to the political fight for rights.
At the city level Picken says more can be done, a “doubling down” of efforts to support community members.
“There are six equality seeking groups and three staff people” he asserts.
Adding “why is there not one resource person to each group, trying to move things forward.”
Picken wasn’t the only one hoping to see more resources in the near future.
Others pointed to the need for positive spaces outside of a bar setting, such as a community centre or support group.
The Hamilton LGBTQ community plans to rally at City Hall on June 18th before marching to Pier 4 for Pride month celebrations.