People everywhere have taken to social media to express their sorrow and solidarity with the LGBT community after the tragic events in Orlando.
Omar Mateen killed 49 people and injured dozens more when he opened fire inside a gay night club early on Sunday morning. As details continue to emerge over the shooter’s background and alleged motives, several hashtags have developed over Facebook and Twitter to pay tribute to those affected by the shooting.
The posts range from videos of vigils that have taken place across the world, to messages of support from famous figures.
The hashtag #OrlandoUnited is being used on Twitter.
My heart is heavy today, but I still believe in love. There’s more love than hate in this world. #OrlandoUnited
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) June 13, 2016
— UCF Knight News (@UCFKnightNews) June 15, 2016
In Australia the City of Sydney Facebook page has shown its support by posting images of Town Hall lit up in pink and with the rainbow flag flying.
Others have posted videos of the candlelight vigils that took place in Taylor Square and Newtown on Monday.
Another trend that has taken off on Twitter is an act of defiance against the shooter and a show of support for Orlando, #TwoMenKissing.
Facebook and Twitter’s #Orlando is being used by media to report on developments and also by celebrities and politicians to show support for those affected.
#WeAreOrlando has also begun to take off on Facebook alongside a filter for profile pictures made by GLAAD for people to show their support via Facebook.
Screen shot from ABC Online twitter feed