Impact from Orlando attacks felt locally

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The impact from the attack in Orlando can be felt across the country, but specifically for those in the LGBT community.

8News spoke to Stacie Vecchietti with the Virginia Anti-Violence Project, a nationwide initiative that addresses violence towards the LGBT community.

Vecchietti said that while an attack on the LGBT community of this magnitude has never happened before, hate crimes are committed every day.

“The hate speech and the intolerant narratives that we have, that get spoken in private but also in very public places, are the building block upon which violence like this is built,” said Stacie Vecchietti.

Vecchietti said this is more than a terrorist attack on America but an attack on the LGBT community.

Sunday night at 9:30 p.m. members of the community will be holding a candlelight vigil at the VCU Compass.

For more information about the Virginia Anti-Violence Project, visit their website.

Support services can also be available by calling (804) 925-9242 or by calling the 24-hour hotline at (212) 714-1141.

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