Among them were the London Gay Men’s Chorus, who performed a beautiful a cappella rendition of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” to a silenced crowd.
The London street, home to many of the capital’s most famous gay clubs, was packed with more than 600 people waving rainbow flags, laying flowers, holding candles and, later, singing uplifting songs of hope and love.
The outpouring of public support followed the worst mass shooting in US history in the early hours of Sunday morning, when homophobic gunman Omar Mateen killed 49 people and injured many more at Pulse gay club in Orlando, Florida.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn were in attendance at the vigil, which saw 49 rainbow-coloured balloons released into the sky - one for each victim. It was then that the London Gay Men’s Chorus began to sing, followed by a defiant chant of: “We’re here, we’re queer, we will not live in fear”.
Vigils took place in a host of other locations around the UK and the world, with many global landmarks lighting up in the rainbow colours of the LGBT ‘freedom flag’.
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