Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018

Vigil Sunday; gay papers issue statement on Orlando mass shooting

There will be a vigil Sunday (June 11) at 8 pm at Harvey Milk Plaza (Castro and Market streets) in San Francisco to remember the victims of Saturday night’s mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

Meanwhile, the National Gay Media Association, of which the Bay Area Reporter is a part, is stunned at the mass shooting at an LGBT club in Orlando, Florida. At least 50 people have been killed in the shooting at the Pulse nightclub, and dozens more injured in the attack.

“Our hearts go out to the entire Orlando community,” said Leo Cusimano, publisher of the Dallas Voice, president of NGMA. “We lend our support to the community of Orlando, and the LGBTQ community nationally, as we all cope with the incredible sadness and anger this tragedy has caused.”

(Officers direct people after the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Photo: AP)

(Officers direct people after the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Photo: AP)

“Individuals in the LGBTQ community have been targeted for violence frequently over the years, but nothing on this scale,” said Tracy Baim, spokeswoman for NGMA and publisher of Windy City Times. “We want to encourage the community to show their support by donating to the victims at We also send our support to our member paper Watermark during this difficult time for their community.”

NGMA, a membership organization of the 12 of the country’s top regional LGBT media, works together to help member newspapers. Orlando’s Watermark newspaper joined NGMA in 2015. See

The B.A.R. will have more on this story in Thursday’s paper.

— Cynthia Laird, June 12, 2016 @ 11:17 am PST
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