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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – St. Louis’s Pridefest will host events in two weeks, Sunday organizers talked with City of St. Louis officials and the police department about beefing up security in light of the Orlando shooting.

Organizers are also encouraging attendees to be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious activity to police.

PrideSTL Statement on Orlando Shooting
June 12, 2016 (St. Louis, MO) – Early this morning, we received word of the terrible tragedy that occurred at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The latest available information states that this is the single largest shooting in U.S. history, with fifty people killed and another fifty-three injured. We are heartbroken by this tragic loss; not only is it a loss to the Orlando community, but the worldwide LGBTQIA+ community.

St. Louis PrideFest 2016 will still occur on the dates of June 24th, 25th, and 26th at Soldiers Memorial in Downtown St. Louis. June is National Pride Month, commemorating the Stonewall Riots and protests that took place in New York City. Throughout the month of June, several prides besides St. Louis PrideFest are taking place, including Metro East, St. Charles, and Tower Grove Pride.

Due to the safety concerns that have arisen as a result of this tragic event, we are continuing to work closely with the STLMPD and the City of Saint Louis to ensure the safety of every person. In addition to volunteer security, we utilize a combination of hired security (both marked and unmarked), professional events staffing, as well as the Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Department. We encourage each person to remain alert to their surroundings and to report any suspicious behavior to security and police personnel.

In solidarity with Orlando, we’ll be meeting tonight at Manchester and Sarah Street in The Grove. From there, we will march to the Transgender Memorial Garden, at the intersection of Vandeventer and Hunt, to join them for a candlelight vigil. Please join us as we stand in solidarity with Orlando and the worldwide LGBTQIA+ community.

For professional help and counseling, please utilize the resources provided by the It Gets Better Project by visiting http://www.itgetsbetter.org/pages/get-help/.