Following the horrific mass shooting at an LGBT venue in the US city of Orlando in the early hours of Sunday 12 June 2016, Lambeth Council has expressed its condolences to the victims and their families.
Cllr Lib Peck, Lambeth council leader, said: “Our thoughts are with all those affected by this senseless violence. We stand united with our LGBT communities in the face of this appalling homophobic attack – and loudly reject those who wish to sow hatred and division.
Cllr Peck joined the council cabinet members at Olive Morris House in Brixton to fly the LGBT rainbow flag at half-mast in tribute to those who lost their lives in the attack.
Chief Superintendent Richard Wood, Lambeth Police Borough Commander said “Our thoughts are with the victims, friends, families and loved ones of those involved. Now, as ever, it is important we are united as communities and send a clear message that there is no place for hatred in our world. As ever if you have any concerns, questions or suggestions, please do feel free to contact me or my staff office.”
Over the coming week police will have additional patrols in and around our busy night-time economies and their team of LGBT liaison officers will be conducting reassurance and engagement visits amongst the LGBT community and venues.
In 1999 Lambeth itself was targeted by a violent, homophobic, racist who set off a nail bomb in Brixton, as well as two other locations in London. The perpetrator hoped to stir up hatred between the Black, Asian and Gay communities.
His plan failed and in the wake of this latest appalling attack the importance of working hard to build understanding and unity between communities is again at the forefront of our minds.