In just over a day more than $2 million has been raised through two GoFundMe pages set up to help the victims and families of the terrorist attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, which has claimed 50 lives so far and has left another 50 or so injured.
“We are heartbroken and angry that senseless violence has once again destroyed lives in our state and in our country,” the page reads. “Gay clubs hold a significant place in LGBTQ history. They were often the only safe gathering place and this horrific act strikes directly at our sense of safety. June commemorates our community standing up to anti-LGBTQ violence at the Stonewall Inn, the nightclub that has become the first LGBTQ site recognized as a national monument.”
“We are saddened and shocked at the tragedy that took place Saturday night at Pulse Nightclub,” the page reads. “The Center is partnering with MBA, Hope and Help, Two Spirit Health, Zebra Coalition, Rollins, and various other GLBT organizations throughout Central Florida to provide an emergency hotline and crisis counseling.”