Photo/IllutrationPeople in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward on June 14 honor victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in United States. (Shigetaka Kodama)

More than 100 people gathered in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward on June 14 to honor victims of the shooting rampage at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that killed 49 people and injured 53.

Stonewall Japan, a nonprofit group for sexual minorities in Japan, organized the gathering through Facebook and other social media to show solidarity with LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) communities overseas.

“After I learned about the shooting, I could not sleep because I was too frightened,” said a 23-year-old graduate student from Tokyo, who identifies herself as a sexual minority. “I joined the gathering because I had to do something, even though it may be too little to change anything.”

The supporters held a candlelight vigil in a park and then marched in Shinjuku 2-chome, a district with a large gay community in the capital.

According to the organizer, about 150 people joined the march.