FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – From congressional leaders to average citizens, hundreds of people turned up Sunday at Huizenga Park in Fort Lauderdale for the Equality Rally for Unity & Pride.
The event honoroed the 49 victims of the Pulse shooting in Orlando, which took place a year ago.
"It’s important to show everybody that we're all equal and, like, equality matters," attendee Maria Cardona said.
E.J. Flessor said although it has been a year, he still feels the pain from the Pulse shooting.
"Nobody's gotten over the pain yet, at least not people who are attached," Flessor said.
Chris Cooper also attended to remember the victims of the shooting.
"We're here to remember the victims of the Pulse massacre and also celebrate the gains we've made for equality," he said.
That theme was etched both on signs and on the minds of people who came to support LGBT rights during Pride Month.
The event was held on the same day that thousands of people converged in the nation's capital for a large equality march for unity and pride.
"This is an opportunity for those (who) couldn't be in Washington, D.C. to be here in solidarity," Roger Roa, who works with the Pride Center at Equality Park, said.