The Orlando shootings have admittedly rattled some Canadians wanting to take part in Pride events in major cities.
Claire McIntosh says she was looking forward to attending one of the many parties slated for Toronto’s upcoming gay pride festival — until she saw the carnage unfold at a gay Orlando nightclub.
The Toronto resident said the attack made her think twice, given the shooter appears to have targeted the L-G-B-T community.
However, she trusts security will be beefed up and she won’t change her plans.
Security will be increased at Regina’s Pride Festival which begins June 20th.
The UR Pride Centre held a candlelit vigil to commemorate the victims Sunday night.
Leo Keiser, director of the UR Pride Centre says she hopes this loss will have people pushing even harder for equal rights.
The organization is planning on holding a second gathering later this week to commemorate the victims of the shooting.
And, on an international note, the office of the U-N human rights chief is decrying “insufficient gun control” in the United States in the wake of Sunday’s mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida that killed 49 people.
In Geneva Tuesday, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein criticized “irresponsible pro-gun propaganda” in the U-S that claims firearms make society safer, when — quote — “all evidence points to the contrary.”
He also questioned the ease with which Americans can obtain firearms and assault weapons.
For Canadians wanting to express their sympathy over the Orlando shootings, U-S Ambassador Bruce Heyman says a book of condolence will be available to sign in Ottawa at the U-S Embassy.