Pulse Nightclub Shooting: LBGT Community & Advocates React

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Orlando police officers seen outside of Pulse nightclub after the mass shooting on Sunday morning. (Getty)

LGBT leaders and community members were in shock and mourning Sunday after Omar Mateen opened fire and killed 50 people at Pulse, a well-known gay nightclub in Orlando.

The attack, which is the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. History, happened during LGBT Pride month.

Orlando’s LGBT community spoke out on social media to offer support and resources for the survivors and victims’ families.

Several support groups and counseling services are taking place in Orlando, as well as vigils in honor of the victims.

There are counselors available to University of Central Florida students today from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., in room 313 in the student union.

The Zebra Coalition is also offering counseling services via phone at (407) 228-1446. The GLBT Community Center of Central Florida will be staffing counselors all day at their Orlando location, 946 N. Mills Avenue.

Equality Florida has set up a GoFundMe page to help raise funds for the victims and their families. Over $95,000 has already been raised.

Roddy Flynn, executive director of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, said in a statement:

The entire LGBT Equality Caucus is horrified by the tragic shooting in Orlando. Though details are still emerging, an attack during Pride Month against Pulse, an iconic gathering place for LGBT Floridians, has a particularly insidious impact on our entire community. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this tragedy.

The Los Angeles pride parade is set to begin at 10:45 a.m. Pacific time, and will begin with a moment of silence for the shooting.

Here’s how LGBT community members and advocates responded on social media:

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