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Victoria’s Gender and Sexuality Commissioner reacts to Orlando shootings

Victoria’s Gender and Sexuality Commissioner says the deadly Orlando shootings have had a ripple effect across the globe for the LGBTI community.

In the wake of the attack, disturbing details have emerged about gunman Omar Mateen’s motives including reports he frequented the club and used gay dating apps.

Commissioner Rowena Allen told Neil Mitchell the deadliest mass shooting in US history was an act of terror and homophobia.

Visiting a club in Fitzroy on the weekend on Saturday night and waking up to the shocking news hit home, she said.

‘I can’t talk for all LGBTI people, but it does make me scared,’ she said.

‘It came right home to me, that it could have been us, that could have been the club I was in.’

She said there was an important message for the wider community.

‘This is a chance for people to not let homophobia, biphobia or transphobia to get in the way of families,’ she said.

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