After massacre, grief and security fears for LGBT Americans

AP News
|
Posted: Jun 12, 2016 5:54 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — For years, gay, lesbian and transgender Americans have been sounding the alarm about hate crimes directed at them, with mixed results in terms of legislation and public support.

The most prominent incidents of violence claimed the lives of individuals — Harvey Milk, Matthew Shepard, an ever-lengthening list of transgender women. Sunday's massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, grimly changed the equation, stirring communal fears and swiftly prompting tighter security at gay pride events.

The Orlando attack, which killed at least 50 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, occurred amid a multitude of events nationwide celebrating LGBT Pride Month. In several cities hosting such events on Sunday — including block parties in Boston and a festival Washington — authorities beefed up the police presence.