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London Vigil For Orlando Victims Draws Thousands

The international LGBT community is responding to hate with a massive showing of unity.

In a massive vigil in London on Monday honoring the victims of the Orlando, Florida, shooting, thousands of mourners reminded the world that the pain such attacks inflict on the LGBT community knows no international borders. 

Londoners gathered on Old Compton Street in Soho, the heart of the city's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender scene, to pay tribute to the 49 killed and 53 injured in a shooting at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando early Sunday morning. The attack, carried out by a single gunman, is the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. 

But in the face of that hate, members of the LGBT community have vowed not to let one man's actions silence them and are carrying on with Pride month celebrations worldwide.

In London, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, Education Minister Nicky Morgan, London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson and Britain’s youngest member of Parliament, Mhairi Black, joined mourners in two straight minutes of silence, HuffPost UK reported. 

See photos below of the touching gathering:

  • Men embrace during a minute of silence in memory of the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando.
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    Men embrace during a minute of silence in memory of the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando.
  • Mourners embrace at St. Anne's Church in Soho.
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    Mourners embrace at St. Anne's Church in Soho.
  • People light candles for the victims on Old Compton Street.
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    People light candles for the victims on Old Compton Street.
  • A man places a doll beside candles, flowers and photos of victims of the gay nightclub mass shooting in Orlando, at St Anne's
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    A man places a doll beside candles, flowers and photos of victims of the gay nightclub mass shooting in Orlando, at St Anne's Church in the Soho district of London.
  • Mourners gather outside the Admiral Duncan pub on Old Compton Street.
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    Mourners gather outside the Admiral Duncan pub on Old Compton Street.
  • Mourners embrace during a vigil in memory of the victims of the gay nightclub mass shooting in Orlando. They gathered at St A
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    Mourners embrace during a vigil in memory of the victims of the gay nightclub mass shooting in Orlando. They gathered at St Anne's Church in the Soho district of London.
  • Mourners champion love over hate outside the Admiral Duncan pub on Old Compton Street.
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    Mourners champion love over hate outside the Admiral Duncan pub on Old Compton Street.
  • People hold their fists in the air during a vigil for the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting outside the Admiral Dunca
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    People hold their fists in the air during a vigil for the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting outside the Admiral Duncan pub on Old Compton Street.
  • People pause during a minute of silence in memory of the victims.
    Dylan Martinez / Reuters
    People pause during a minute of silence in memory of the victims.
  • LGBT members and allies march outside the Admiral Duncan pub on Old Compton Street.
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    LGBT members and allies march outside the Admiral Duncan pub on Old Compton Street.
  • A woman kneels among graffiti in Soho honoring the victims of the Orlando shooting.
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    A woman kneels among graffiti in Soho honoring the victims of the Orlando shooting.
  • A woman holds a placard during a vigil for the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting outside the Admiral Duncan pub on Ol
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    A woman holds a placard during a vigil for the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting outside the Admiral Duncan pub on Old Compton Street.
  • On Old Compton Street, a man holds a sign calling for religious unity against all LGBT hate crimes.
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    On Old Compton Street, a man holds a sign calling for religious unity against all LGBT hate crimes.
  • People pause during a minute of silence in memory of the victims of the shooting.
    Dylan Martinez/Reuters
    People pause during a minute of silence in memory of the victims of the shooting.
  • Labour politician Chris Bryant, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, deputy Labour leader Tom Watson and shadow Chancellor John McDon
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    Labour politician Chris Bryant, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, deputy Labour leader Tom Watson and shadow Chancellor John McDonnell attend a vigil for the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting outside the Admiral Duncan pub on Old Compton Street.
  • People look out of their window next to a rainbow-colored American flag hanging above the Admiral Duncan pub.
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    People look out of their window next to a rainbow-colored American flag hanging above the Admiral Duncan pub.
  • People hold placards during a vigil for the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting outside the Admiral Duncan pub.
    Jack Taylor/Getty Images
    People hold placards during a vigil for the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting outside the Admiral Duncan pub.
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