The Local LGBT Community Reacts to the Mass Shooting in Orlando, Florida

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HOUSTON-The entire nation is shocked.  Shockwaves from last night attack on Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida reverberated to Houston.

Over at TC’s, a gay bar in Houston, bartender George Cruz put customer safety as a top priority.

“Well, here we’re always trying to look out for our customers’ safety.  And everybody else’s safety,”  says Cruz.

“We have cameras in place, we have a big no bag policy.”

The attack, which comes on the heels of Houston’s Gay Pride parade,  has prompted parade organizer, Pride Houston to release a statement.

“There will be an increased Houston Police Department and security office presence throughout this year’s celebrations.”

At the Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, an LBGT targeted congregation,  people were shocked and afraid at the level of violence levied against their community.

“It’s the worse event we know as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender people in the United States.” said Senior Pastor Troy Treash.

“It does heighten my sense of security.  and it does bring some fear.”

The attacks prompted Mayor Sylvester Turner to release the following statement.

” Houston stands with Orlando, the families of those killed, and the LGBT community.  It is past time as a country for us to come together.”

The members of Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church are focusing on love and respect, instead of hate.

“The call of Christ is to love and love our neighbor, regardless of who our neighbor is.” said Associate Pastor Vickey Gibbs.

Prophetic words to live by, on a tragic day like today.

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