Following Sunday's mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub, people are responding with a beautiful hashtag to prove love really is just love.
On Sunday morning, 50 people were killed, including the shooter, and dozens more were injured when gunman Omar Mateen opened fire at Orlando's Pulse nightclub. Mateen's father later stated the attack was a result of his son being upset after seeing two men kissing.
“We’re apologizing for the whole incident,” said the family's statement. “We weren’t aware of any action he is taking. We are in shock like the whole country. This had nothing to do with religion.”
Online, men of all races and ages responded by flooding social media sites images of themselves and their loves ones sharing a sweet kiss alongside the hashtag #TwoMenKissing. From wedding photos to vacation photos to just kissing selfies, #TwoMenKissing is truly showing another side to this heartbreaking story.
Take a look at some of these beautiful photos below and join in by tagging your pictures #TwoMenKissing.
#TwoMenKissing because the father of the Orlando attacker said that Mateen had seen two men kissing and got very angry so maybe that's why he went after the gay club. Well your hate can't take away the pride our community has for the rights that we have been fighting for for so long. In our month of pride and always we will not be silenced. Take your hate and homophobia somewhere else, we've been dealing with it for far too long. #lgbtq #orlando #pulse #pride #bestrong
— Brian Mayzure (@bmayzure) June 13, 2016
— Tony Fran (@TonyTobyTiny) June 13, 2016
— Alexander Nedd (@alexnedd2) June 13, 2016
— Pete MacKenzie (@Cuilean73) June 13, 2016
— Theo Bleckmann (@Theo_Bleckmann) June 13, 2016
— IG: javi_amaya (@javi_amaya) June 13, 2016
My home is Australia We are a land bound by sea Though I travel far across the ocean It will never forget me #myislandhome Thank you to everyone that made this trip so divine we love you and appreciate yall so much. #antihoneymoon Dublin let's... do this #celebrationoflove adventure #winter #holiday #ntAustralia #equality #antihoneymoon #wanderlust #travel #australia #aussiebum #instagay #tourismaustralia #oz #fitnessaddict #fitness @ausoutbacknt #topend #darwin #gopro #gay #honeymoon #twomenkissing
With files from The Canadian Press.