In response to the tragedy in Orlando, people came together in grieving and solidarity.
Hate is a hard feeling to get past. Tragedies like the shooting in Orlando remind us that hate — true, poisonous hate — not only exists, but can exist so potently as to snuff out human life.
In the wake of such tragedies, however, we also see images that help restore humanity to a world constantly under attack.
We see images of solidarity, tears, and held hands. We see candles and flowers laid on the ground by strangers. We see images of people from all walks of life, across oceans and international borders, coming together to show that hate is vastly outnumbered by the acts of love and compassion that fight it.
In the coming days, you’ll find endless discussion about where we go from here. How do we prevent tragedies like this from happening in the future? How does this affect policy? What president should we elect? How do we win the fight against hate?
Here are some of the most iconic responses to the Orlando shooting from around the world.
In New York, members of the LGBT community and their supporters gathered outside the Stonewall Inn, site of the 1969 riots that helped launch the modern gay rights movement.
Many cities, like San Diego, flew the gay pride flag at half-mast above and outside landmarks.
New York City's One World Trade Center was among the buildings lit up in rainbow colors as a tribute to the Orlando victims.
But perhaps the most powerful statements were ones made by ordinary people, brought together by a flood of emotion.
In cities around the world, people gathered in solidarity with the victims of the shooting and with the larger LGBT community itself.
Seoul, South Korea:
Wellington, New Zealand:
Love is stronger than hate. Telling ourselves that is important, but it means little if we don't believe it and act on it too.
It's easy to feel as though the world is beyond saving or to give in to cynicism. But there's a lesson to be learned here, a lesson that exists in the images of flickering candles, flags, and lit-up monuments from all over the world.
Love has already won. We’ve already won.