Monday, June 13, 2016

Memphis LGBT Community and Supporters Gather in Cooper-Young

Posted By on Mon, Jun 13, 2016 at 9:07 AM

click to enlarge Crowd gathered on Cooper in front the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Center.
  • Crowd gathered on Cooper in front the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Center.

In the wake of Sunday morning's horrific mass shooting at a gay club in Orlando, the Memphis LGBT community and its supporters gathered in front of the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Center in Cooper-Young Sunday night. 

The vigil drew an estimated 300-400 people. Speakers included Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, Congressman Steve Cohen, and Executive Director of the MGLCC, Will Batts.

Batts pointed out the historic significance of gay clubs as a sanctuary for the LGBT community. "They were a place where I could be who I was," he said.

Strickland said, "I know there is more love than hatred in this world," adding that he was comforted by seeing the crowd gathered in support.

click to enlarge Mayor Strickland speaks to crowd. - MAYOR JIM STRICKLAND
  • Mayor Jim Strickland
  • Mayor Strickland speaks to crowd.

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