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Organisers of LA Pride released 49 balloons in honour of those who lost their lives in Orlando.

The massacre happened one year ago today during a Latin Night at LGBT+ nightclub Pulse, leaving 49 people dead and a further 53 injured, making it one of the worst mass shootings in modern US history.

Brian Pendleton, who organised Sunday’s Resist March during LA Pride, said: “As we remember those lost, we must not forget the fight for the living.”

The event also included a moment of silence led by Rev. Troy Perry, the founder of the LGBT+ inclusive church Metropolitan Community Church and Christopher Street West Association.

Kassandra La Guisa-Riedeman, who held one of the balloons alongside her mother, told the LA Times that she could “feel the weight of the loss”.

London Pride also honoured the victims on their Twitter feed, and last night 49 angels marched outside the Pulse nightclub in a candlelit vigil.

Earlier this year, a comic book called Love is Love released by IDW Publishing in collaboration with DC Comics raised over $165,000 for the victims and families affected by the attack.

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