NYACK, N.Y. -- When a gunman mowed down dozens of innocent people in Orlando on Sunday, he struck directly at the heart of Nyack’s LGBT community, according to a report by lohud.com.
Hundreds turned out in the Rockland village’s downtown Thursday for a candlelight vigil mourning victims of the Pulse night club massacre, lohud.com reported.
One of the 49 people slain was Shane Tomlinson, who grew up in Ramapo, media reports said.
Nyack, known for its open-mindedness and acceptance of the LGBT community, had one of New York’s first openly gay mayors.
John Shields, who had also been a village trustee, in 2004 became the second mayor in the state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Jason West of New Paltz was the first.
June is Gay Pride Month and Nyack’s annual celebrations went on as planned, the lohud.com report said.
Though traumatized by the attack, representatives of the LGBT community told lohud.com that they are more resolved than ever to work for the safety and support of all.