Boystown Chicago reacts to Orlando nightclub shooting

Sun. June 12, 2016 10:04 AM by News Staff

Nightclub shooting comes during LGBT Pride Month

After 50 people were killed and 53 injured in a shooting early Sunday morning at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Boystown Chicago business leaders and organizers have responded with an outpouring of support.

"We are deeply saddened to hear of the tragic events in Florida and extend our heartfelt condolences to the Orlando community. As Pride celebrations happen around the country, including our own next week, we remain committed to providing a safe and fun atmosphere for all," the Northalsted Business Alliance said in a statement issued to

The Boystown business alliance is responsible for planning and organizing events like Chicago Pride Fest, June 18-19, and Northalsted Market Days, August 13-14.

The Orlando nightclub shooting comes during a series of national celebrations and parades that mark LGBT pride month, including Los Angeles Pride and Milwaukee Pride Fest this weekend.

Equality Illinois (EQIL), the state's largest LGBT advocacy organization, posted a statement on its website.

"We mourn the victims of the shooting in the Orlando nightclub Pulse, a popular gay venue. While we don't know yet the motive of the shooter, we do know we should all feel safe in our homes, schools and places of business and entertainment. Our hearts go out to the Orlando LGBT community and the family and friends of the victims, and we wish a speedy recovery to the injured," read the statement from EQIL.

Boystown bars Sidetrack, Hydrate Nightclub and Roscoe's Tavern offered statements of support on Facebook.

"Our thoughts are with those suffering from the senseless act of terror in Orlando. We will keep everyone posted about what our community will be able to do to support those in need as details continue to unfold," read a statement from Sidetrack.

Hydrate Nightclub posted, "Our prayers and thoughts go out to victims of this brutal tragedy in Florida. These cowards who attacked innocent victims were nothing more than just that... cowards! We stand united with our GLBT community throughout this horrible tragedy."

And Roscoe's shared, "Our Thoughts Are With Pulse Orlando Tonight."