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Louisville's LGBT community gets support after Orlando Shooting

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- In the wake of the largest mass shooting in our country's history, Louisville is supporting the LGBT community more than ever.

And some big names in this city are stepping up to help.

"I wanted to do something for this community because I live here, and I know that LGBT people are hurting everywhere," said Chef Edward Lee. "Yes, it's an Orlando thing, but it also affects everyone, and it affects every human in every community."

The world-renowned chef from Louisville's 610 Magnolia and MilkWood contacted a local LGBT program, the Louisville Youth Group.

On Tuesday he posted his plan on Facebook.

"So, you know, I wanted to do something that was a little bit more than writing a check," he said.

For 49 days, in honor of the 49 Orlando victims, a portion of the profits from 610 Magnolia and MilkWood will go to LYG.

"I was literally speechless when he told me that," said Anna Giangrande, the Louisville Youth Group Program Director. "For an individual person to make this phone call and give to our youth in such a big way, it was, it was dumbfounding. I was so touched." 

Now, just days after the shooting, Louisville is preparing for this weekend's Pride Festival.

"This year it's going to be especially emotional," said Giangrande. "I think some people are afraid but are coming anyways, I think other people are vigilant and want to really put out a sense of community -- and I think we're going to have more people than ever."

And marching by their sides in the Pride Parade will be some familiar faces. The members from the '86 Louisville Men's Basketball Championship team will join the parade.

"It's important that myself and other leaders in the community support the pride walk to let everyone know that they're a part of our community and they're part of our family," said Robbie Valentine, a member of Louisville's '86 National Championship team.

"It's really beautiful that that's happening, and Louisville is a great community to begin with, and it's a very progressive and accepting community, and to have so many people stand up and say, 'Let's show that we are together and we are one,' is always a really great thing," said Giangrande.  

Pride Weekend kicks off with the annual Pride Parade on Friday at 7:00 p.m. on Main Street in Downtown Louisville.

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