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Greenbelt memorial Pride event for victims in Orlando

Two days after the horrific events in Orlando the good people of Greenbelt held a vigil for the victims. The event was initiated by GreenBeLT Pride, and I know the community thanks them for it – I sure do.

Greenbelt memorial Pride event for victims in Orlando

Lauren Cummings spoke movingly and read the names of all the victims as a candle was lit for each.

 

Greenbelt memorial Pride event for victims in Orlando

Greenbelt memorial Pride event for victims in Orlando

Rev. Dan Hamlin ( center) and Mayor Emmett Jordan also shared words of support and solidarity.

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After the ceremony, the Old Greenbelt Theatre presented a free showing of ”Pride.”  It’s an uplifting story from 1984, when a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists raised money to support striking miners. The movie was the perfect choice.

So thanks also to the OBT, especially for Caitlin McGrath’s quick work in getting the film and a city permit for the event on very short notice.

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Cast members that even Americans might recognize included Dominic West, Imelda Staunton, and Bill Nighy.

After the movie, there was a candle-lit walk to the Peace Pole behind the Community Center, where candles and flowers could be left. I didn’t participate but will ask if someone who did and has a photo would be willing to share it here.

 

Greenbelt memorial Pride event for victims in Orlando

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Susan started blogging about Greenbelt soon after moving here in 2012, and that first blog has grown into this nonprofit community website. She also created and curates the Greenbelt Maryland YouTube channel. In 2021 Susan joined the Board of Directors of Greenbelt Access TV. Retired from garden writing and teaching, she continues to blog at GardenRant.com.

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