Following the horrific mass shooting at an LGBT venue in the US city of Orlando in the early hours of Sunday morning Lambeth Council has today 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 council cabinet members at Olive Morris House in Brixton at 1pm to fly the LGBT rainbow flag at half-mast in tribute to those who lost their lives in yesterday’s attack.
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 understand and unity between communities is again at the forefront of our minds.