Area events honoring Orlando victims

  • Elaine Brighan, of Florence, kisses her daughter Rayah Brighan, 1 1/2, as LGBT community members and their allies gathered Sunday evening in solidarity outside of City Hall in Northampton in response to the Orlando, Florida nightclub shooting.

Published: 6/13/2016 11:53:21 AM

Gazette Staff


NORTHAMPTON — Community groups and churches are scheduling public events this week in response to Sunday’s mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Events include the following.

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– Vigil with speakers, Amherst Town Common, 7 p.m. The Rev. Victoria Kemperer of the First Congregational Church in Amherst says the event will include representatives from several churches and will conclude with a tolling of a church bell for all victims.  

– Vigil and prayer, 5:30 p.m., Haydenville Congregational Church. Organizers describe this as an occasion for “vigiling, prayer and candlelighting — an opportunity simply to be together.”

It takes place in the Route 9 church sanctuary and lasts until 7 p.m. “Come for a few minutes or for the entire time. We will be there to support one another and share our grief,” organizers say.

Childcare will be available and all are welcome.

– In Boston, Mayor Martin Walsh is convening a vigil at 6 p.m. at City Hall Plaza. Gov. Charlie Baker was expected to attend.


– Vigil, 5:30 p.m., at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Elm Street in Northampton. The event is co-sponsored by the First Churches, St. John’s and the Edwards Church.


– Candlelight vigil, 7 p.m., Northampton City Hall, organized by community members “in memory of the lives lost at Pulse in Orlando.”

Organizers are expecting a crowd for this vigil, which will include an Afro-Cuban performance group playing drums. It comes together “in solidarity, mourning, and respect for the various communities affected by this tragedy,” a Facebook event post states.


– A Q Praxis dance party benefiting Orlando victims will take place Saturday night starting at 8 p.m. and running through 2 a.m. at the  WWII Club at 50 Conz St. in Northampton. It is sponsored by the Institute for Emerging Adulthood, a psychotherapy practice that specializes in serving people of color and LGBTQ-identified individuals.


– Diva’s will be holding a drag performance and music event in memory of Orlando victim KJ Morris, who used to live in Northampton, starting at 9 p.m. The majority of proceeds will go to Morris’s family.


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