The Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation (@The LGBT Center) joins 122 national LGBT community centers signing an open letter calling for action after the Orlando shooting. See the full letter and list of signers here.


Statement from David Brustein
Chairperson, Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and families of the senseless violence toward the gay community in Orlando. We gathered at the statue of Gandhi on June 12 to rededicate ourselves to his message of non-violent protest in the face of bigotry. We act in solidarity with the entire LGBTQ community in Hawaii and encouraged all to attend one of the numerous vigils, services and rallies held across the islands. Now is the time for us to come together to show our strength, resilience and love.”LEGACYlogoWflag

Hawaii News Now interviewed board member Scott Larimer to discuss the LGBTQ community’s reaction to the Orlando shooting.


KITV’s June 12 story “Candlelight vigil at Kapiolani Park honors Orlando shooting victims” noted that “as people gathered together to light their candles, it was a message of peace.”


MAUI Orlando lei

“Jurgen Steinmetz, co-founder of LGBT Hawaii was in the studio… the LGBT Democratic Caucus hosted a rally at Honolulu Hale…a candlelight vigil was held at the Gandhi statue in Kapiolani Park…and Calvary By the Sea church scheduled an extra service Sunday evening. ‘It’s incumbent on us to really confront any kind of racism, homophobia, prejudice that we have in our communities every day,’ said Jacce Mikulanec, a member of the group Equality Hawaii.”

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Honolulu [GMCOH] perform “Over the Rainbow” in the studios at Hawaii News Now in anticipation of their upcoming concert on Sunday, June 19 at the Hawaii Theatre.


An event hosted by Marina Del Rey, Kaheaonalani Kaleimamahu, Alanna N. Colson and Visaluana Castillo. “An effort to honor our brothers and sisters in Orlando and revive strength and support for those needing comfort within community.”

Aloha Orlando

“To raise funds for the victims and families of the horrific Orlando Pulse Nightclub Shooting.”
This gofundme campaign is breaking records and you can contribute by clicking here.

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“How can I hate them, when everybody’s got a pulse?” singer-songwriter asks in new song. Listen to Melissa Etheridge’s chilling ‘Pulse’ on SoundCloud dedicated to Orlando victims. Read the  interview with Etheridge in Rolling Stone.


Honolulu Hale glowed with the colors of the rainbow and Mayor Kirk Caldwell made this statement: “There’s no room in our civil society for hatred against a particular group of people…we must all stand together against those that seek to change the very fabric of our nation because they disagree with our principles of liberty and freedom.”


Watch Eli Lieb & Brandon Skeie’s song “dedicated to the victims of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting.”

The Howard Hughes Corporation transformed its Honolulu headquarters (the classic Kakaako building designed by famed architect Vladimir Ossipoff) into a rainbow memorial to honor the victims of the Orlando Pulse shooting.


 “As Muslims, we are united in our outrage over this senseless act of violence. We want the rest of the country to know that we are thinking about what happened in Orlando and that we’re standing with those people.”