• The Australian LGBTQIA+ community reacts to the devastating massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. (Facebook)Source: Facebook
A host of prominent LGBTQIA+ Australians have taken to social media to stand in solidarity with the victims of the Orlando shooting and voice their opinions on what needs to change.
By
Bianca Soldani

13 Jun 2016 - 11:18 AM  UPDATED 14 Jun 2016 - 10:48 AM

As Orlando mourns the horrific mass murder of revellers at a gay nightclub, prominent members of Australia’s LGBTQIA+ community have come out in solidarity.

Comedian and actor Magda Szubanski says she is “grief stricken” and “heartbroken” following the attack that left 50 people dead and at least another 53 injured.

Remaining resolutely “unafraid”, Szubanski presses for a change in laws and takes aim at Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Twitter.

“Sympathy not enough @TurnbullMalcolm Send a real message. U talk freedom Give us our rights,” she writes in reference to marriage equality.

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The Prime Minister has condemned the attacks as "an assault on every one of us. It's an assault on freedom."

Troye Sivan was also using his Twitter page to hit out at Mr Turnbull, writing, "@TurnbullMalcolm few things - 1) you failed to mention that this was an attack on LGBT people in an LGBT space.

"2) we don't need sympathy. We need rights. Let us marry. Stop segregating LGBT people from the rest of our society".

The singer and YouTube star is also sharing locations for people to donate blood to help the victims.

He writes, "I am stunned and horrified and scared and just so, so sad. It's time to be prouder and louder and love harder than even in honour of those beautiful LGBTQ+ people (sic) who's lives were stolen".

Actor, model and DJ Ruby Rose was in Orlando on Friday and played a set to a majority LGBT+ audience. She says she is in a state disbelief that "these lives [have been] taken".

“There is nothing I can do today but cry and pray as I lay in shock after waking to the horrible senseless crime in Orlando,” she says.

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She goes on to advocate the end of gun violence in America, arguing that, “More guns will not equal LESS HORRIFIC GUN CRIMES. America... Please.. Enough is enough”, before sharing a link to a Go Fund Me page in support of the victims.

Broadcaster Faustina Agolley is currently in Los Angeles celebrating US Pride Month with a rainbow march through the streets of the city.

She says they “paid our respects to the lives lost in Orlando and cheered our queer hearts out loud at @LAPRIDE!” while sharing the hashtag “love wins”.

Singer Tim Campbell and his husband Anthony Callea are also in LA and say they have "no words" for the atrocities that took place in Orlando.

Olympic diver Matthew Mitcham, news presenter Anton Enus, former Big Brother star Tully Smyth and Labor senator Penny Wong also expressed their solidarity on Twitter and Instagram.

Former Australian Human Rights Commissioner and Liberal candidate Tim Wilson tells SBS: "We cannot ignore that Islamist terrorists oppose the very foundations of our pluralist society: a culture of mutual respect and dignity for all, regardless of who you love.

"We must unite to defend everyone who shares our values, our culture and our way of life from this threat. It is our unity that makes us strong, and extremists weak".