From Washington Examiner
In a show of solidarity with the LGBT community following the deadly mass shooting at an Orlando, Fla., gay nightclub early Sunday morning, the governor of New York directed that the 408-foot spire of the One World Trade Center be lit up in rainbow colors Sunday evening.
“From Stonewall to marriage equality to protecting transgender individuals to the first-in-the nation executive action to ban conversion therapy, New York has led the way in the fight for LGBT rights,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. “In this state, we believe that no matter your race, creed, color, gender identity or expression you have the right live your life free from persecution and prejudice.”
Cuomo said the “senseless act of terror” that left at least 50 dead and 53 injured “reminds us that there are those who seek to undermine these very values and the progress we have achieved.”
“An attack on one is an attack on all. New York joins the rest of the nation in rejecting this hate, fear and extremism and stands shoulder to shoulder with the LGBT community,” he continued.
“Tonight, I am directing One World Trade Center to be lit the colors of the pride flag in a tribute to LGBT Americans and the lives that were lost,” Cuomo said. “On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest thoughts and prayers to those affected by this horrendous tragedy.”
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