NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 29: Marchers walk down 5th Avenue during the 2014 Gay Pride March on June 29, 2014 in New York City. Thousands of marchers attended the parade route, which started at 36th Street and Fifth Avenue and ended at Greenwich and Christopher streets. The parade ended at the Stonewall Inn, where New York marchers commemorated the 45th anniversary of the 1969 riots, which are credited with launching the modern gay rights movement. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio were in attendance along with grand marshals Laverne Cox, transgender actress and activist, actor Jonathan Groff and Rea Carey, Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. 


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The hashtag quickly gained momentum as the LGBTQ community shared heartfelt wishes of condolence for those who were massacred in the shooting at an Orlando nightclub. 

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Jun, 13, 2016

Following the tragic shooting at Orlando gay nightclub, Pulse, #GaysBreakTheInternet began trending as an act of solidarity and defiance in the face of hate. The hashtag quickly gained momentum as the LGBTQ community shared photos, selfies, and heartfelt wishes of condolence for those in Orlando.

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The shooting comes at a time when transgender bathroom legislation is still being hotly debated in states like North Carolina and FDA guidelines still make it difficult for gay men to donate blood, adding more fear and homophobia to a climate that allows senseless acts of violence like the Orlando shooting to occur. The massacre at Pulse is just one more reminder that hate still exists and more needs to be done to fight it.

As Pride month continues, we hope to see more photos of love and support as #GaysBreakTheInternet and continue to prove that love will always win.WANT MORE FROM ESSENCE? Subscribe to our daily newsletter for the latest in hair, beauty, style and celebrity news.