Candlelight vigil supports LGBTQ community after Orlando shooting

11 months 1 week 1 day ago June 13, 2016 Jun 13, 2016 Monday, June 13 2016 Monday, June 13, 2016 2:37:00 PM CDT in News
By: Lauren Barnas, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA – More than 500 people showed up to mid-Missouri's candlelight vigil in downtown Columbia Monday night to honor victims of the Orlando shooting.

The vigil also aimed to honor others in mid-Missouri impacted by the tragedy. Many LGBTQ organizations and several University of Missouri groups and churches organized the event.

Cheyenne Shanks, a Mizzou student, recently came out as transgender to her friends and family. She said, despite support from her loved ones, the Orlando shooting horrifies her.

"It was very scary because I already hear a lot of violence against trans people," Shanks said.

More than 500 people showed up to last night's vigil honoring Orlando victims. 

The peaceful vigil also turned into a discussion about race. Some said the mass shooting was only about gay rights. Others said we must learn to love every part of everyone, including both race and sexual orientation.

Sean Olmstead, University of Missouri LGBTQ Resource Center coordinator, said his organization will speak about violence at the vigil.

"This is something that we don't tolerate. We don't accept that there is violence in our community and we don't want to see that happen here in Columbia," Olmstead said.

He said, despite decades of growing acceptance of the LGBTQ community, there is room for progress.

"There's still a reason to be fearful just by trying to be yourself. This is an example of that. People were wanting to be celebratory," Olmstead said. "They were wanting to celebrate who they were in a place where they feel safe and they still faced violence."

Linda Hayes has a gay son. She said it's easier for her and her husband to go to LGBTQ events.

"The reason I'm here tonight is because I was saddened yesterday that so many young people lost their lives in such a tragic way," Hayes said.

But her and her husband said it might not be as easy for others to rally after the shooting.

"I think the events of Saturday night show why people are truly afraid. They're afraid for their lives," she said.

Supporters are using the hashtag #WeAreOrlando to show their support.

More News

Grid
List
FULTON - Tornado sirens in Fulton sounded around 8:30 p.m. Monday night, but there was no severe weather in... More >>
59 minutes ago May 22, 2017 May 22, 2017 Monday, May 22 2017 Monday, May 22, 2017 9:16:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri State Legislators introduced three new versions of the “Steel Mill Bill” after returning from their one-week... More >>
2 hours ago May 22, 2017 May 22, 2017 Monday, May 22 2017 Monday, May 22, 2017 7:58:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The newest addition to the St. Louis Zoo is a critically endangered black rhino. The... More >>
2 hours ago May 22, 2017 May 22, 2017 Monday, May 22 2017 Monday, May 22, 2017 7:45:00 PM CDT in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri state Sen. Rob Schaaf is calling on Gov. Eric Greitens to expand the scope of... More >>
2 hours ago May 22, 2017 May 22, 2017 Monday, May 22 2017 Monday, May 22, 2017 7:30:00 PM CDT in News
HALLSVILLE - Some Hallsville parents are questioning their children's safety in the school district after the suicide death of middle... More >>
4 hours ago May 22, 2017 May 22, 2017 Monday, May 22 2017 Monday, May 22, 2017 6:06:00 PM CDT in Target 8
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri's plan to handle massive budget cuts includes the elimination of about 383 jobs, through... More >>
6 hours ago May 22, 2017 May 22, 2017 Monday, May 22 2017 Monday, May 22, 2017 3:52:00 PM CDT in News
(COLUMBIA) - Last week, we talked about inflammation and how it can contribute to weight gain. This week we’re going... More >>
7 hours ago May 22, 2017 May 22, 2017 Monday, May 22 2017 Monday, May 22, 2017 3:13:00 PM CDT in News
JOPLIN (AP) - On Monday's anniversary of the Joplin tornado that cut a path of destruction through the city in... More >>
7 hours ago May 22, 2017 May 22, 2017 Monday, May 22 2017 Monday, May 22, 2017 2:55:00 PM CDT in News
ST. CHARLES - The trial of the state of Missouri vs. Serghei Comerzan for the death of Missouri State Trooper,... More >>
8 hours ago May 22, 2017 May 22, 2017 Monday, May 22 2017 Monday, May 22, 2017 1:34:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - Police have confirmed one man has life-threatening injuries after a shooting on Dawn Ridge Road. Police received... More >>
8 hours ago May 22, 2017 May 22, 2017 Monday, May 22 2017 Monday, May 22, 2017 1:21:00 PM CDT in News
MIDDLETOWN – Some farmers in Missouri are beginning to bring back a style of farming first used in the Hanging... More >>
9 hours ago May 22, 2017 May 22, 2017 Monday, May 22 2017 Monday, May 22, 2017 12:51:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
CAMDENTON, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri State Highway Patrol has identified a man whose body was found floating in the... More >>
11 hours ago May 22, 2017 May 22, 2017 Monday, May 22 2017 Monday, May 22, 2017 10:45:00 AM CDT in News
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby has arrived at the Pittsburgh courthouse where jury selection in his sexual assault case is... More >>
14 hours ago May 22, 2017 May 22, 2017 Monday, May 22 2017 Monday, May 22, 2017 7:36:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA- Attorney General Josh Hawley is waiting for his legal appeal related to abortion laws to go into effect. ... More >>
14 hours ago May 22, 2017 May 22, 2017 Monday, May 22 2017 Monday, May 22, 2017 7:21:00 AM CDT in Continuous News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Police say a man was shot while greeting people at a south Kansas City church. ... More >>
15 hours ago May 22, 2017 May 22, 2017 Monday, May 22 2017 Monday, May 22, 2017 6:35:00 AM CDT in News
Tel Aviv (AP) - President Donald Trump is opening his first visit to Israel as president. Air Force One... More >>
17 hours ago May 22, 2017 May 22, 2017 Monday, May 22 2017 Monday, May 22, 2017 4:56:00 AM CDT in News
PORTLAND - A Portland man was arrested in connection to a disturbance that turned into a stabbing Saturday night in... More >>
1 day ago May 21, 2017 May 21, 2017 Sunday, May 21 2017 Sunday, May 21, 2017 9:44:00 PM CDT in News
FULTON - Fulton Police took two kids into custody after discovering a fire at Fulton Middle School Saturday morning. ... More >>
1 day ago May 21, 2017 May 21, 2017 Sunday, May 21 2017 Sunday, May 21, 2017 6:47:00 PM CDT in Continuous News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 58°
11pm 60°
12am 59°
1am 58°
2am 58°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

10:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 10
10:35p
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
11:37p
Late Night with Seth Meyers
10:00p
The King of Queens
10:30p
The King of Queens
11:00p
Rules of Engagement

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Voice
9:00p
Running Wild with Bear Grylls
7:00p
Supergirl
8:00p
Jane the Virgin
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld