Many involved with the Tri-State alliance say the mood was somber at their annual Gay Pride Picnic.
Although various activities brightened the mood, it was a natural time to come together and grieve for the victims in Orlando.
“It was really a somber feeling to realize someone could have that much hate in their heart, Kayla Hornbuckle says. “Going after innocent people who are out there celebrating themselves, going somewhere where they fell accepted.”
“That’s just scary thinking that someone might attack you based on who you love, or what your religion is,” Tri-State Alliance President Wally Paynter says.
Hornbuckle works at scandals nightclub, a bar that host’s LGBT events regularly. She says security has never been an issue, but last night’s events are eye-opening.
“You don’t here about mass shootings at regular bars,” Hornbuckle says. “You don’t here 103 people down at any typical bar. It’s not just something that happens every other day.”
“I think people are concerned that something could happen anywhere,” Paynter says. “Including here, including Owensboro.”
Hornbuckle moved to Evansville from Florida in February, and says many of her friends in Florida are searching for loved ones who may have been there.
“I‘m sitting here watching my friends go through trying to get in touch with people from Orlando, with their drag queen friends or people that live down there,” Hornbuckle says. “They don’t know if they’re hurt, they don’t know if they’re dead, they don’t know what happened.”
Hornbuckle says, she’ll be keeping a closer eye on her surroundings at at work.
“While we may feel safe around everyone else, we still have to be on our toes,” Hornbuckle says.
The Tri-State alliance is having a candlelight vigil at Henderson Zion UCC for the victims of the pulse nightclub shooting, Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.