Orlando Mass Shooting Causes NYC Pride Organizers To Beef Up Security

Jonathan Brown - Author

Jun. 17 2016, Updated 11:20 a.m. ET

Following the Orlando shooting massacre at Pulse Nightclub this past Sunday, promoters for NYC Pride have promised to step up security for attendees of the city’s LGBT Pride March, which is set to take place on Sunday, June 26. In a note posted to the official Facebook page for the annual LGBT event, current co-chairs Maryanne Roberto Fine and David Studinski expressed their sorrow for the 49 victims who lost their lives following the actions of ISIS sympathizer Omar Mateen, who barged his way into the establishment early Sunday morning and opened fire on club goers.

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“As we all continue to process the terrible act of violence that struck the Orlando LGBT community,” the note partially reads, “we wanted to take a moment to let you all know what is happening at NYC Pride to ensure the safety of the millions of people who will attend our events over the next two weeks.”

“Our staff and executive board have been in communication with the NYPD and our private security team, both of which are now putting together plans to adjust our existing security protocols in light of the Orlando attack,” it goes on to say. “We hope to have more updates of what those adjustments will look like in the coming days.”


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