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Source: St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne

Source: St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Like many at JOY and in the LGBTIQ community, we in the Spirit Lounge have been shocked by the murder of 49 LGBTIQ people in Orlando, Florida.

On Thursday 16 June – just before we went to air – Rachel and Claudine attended a vigil in solidarity for Orlando in Federation Square, organised by the Victorian Government. JOY recorded the vigil and individual speeches are available in our community highlights podcast. The Victorian Government is also taking condolences online.

St Paul’s Cathedral hosted a multi-faith memorial service immediately after the vigil. Religious and civic leaders participated, including former Spirit Lounge guests Nur Warsame, Avril Hannah-Jones and Simon Holt. The order of service is available from the Cathedral’s website.

Faith and community leaders at St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne

Faith and community leaders at St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Rachel, Mark and Claudine reflected on the vigil and memorial service and their significance for LGBTIQ and faith communities. We also read from a Multifaith statement against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, published by Victorian religious leaders.

You can find previous interviews with Imam Nur Warsame on the Spirit Lounge and on ABC.

If you need to talk to someone, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or QLife (3pm-12am) on 1800 184 527.

Originally broadcast on Thursday 16 June 2016.

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