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Las Vegas LGBTQ community grieving after Orlando shooting

Posted at 5:21 PM, Jun 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-13 18:50:24-04

The Las Vegas LGBTQ community is reeling from the massacre in Orlando.

A bartender at The Phoenix is from Orlando and fought back tears as he talked about the shooting.

Others at The Phoenix had connections to Orlando. One person was a drag queen at Pulse, the nightclub where the shooting took place.

At another gay bar in town, Flex, a bartender named David was also from Orlando and used to go to Pulse all the time. He was working overnight when he saw the news of the shooting breaking on the TV inside the bar.

He immediately started contacting friends and family to make sure they were OK.

So far, everyone he knows is doing OK but that doesn't change how upset he is and what he would say to the shooter.

"What can you say to someone like that?" he said. "You want me to be angry and say what I want to do to him in a back room or something but what can you say?"

Advocate Brandon Ellyson told 13 Action News he is going to offer free concealed weapons classes to anyone working in the gay industry, including bars, nightclubs, coffee shop and bookstores, among other businesses. Ellyson, who is the chairman of Out for Liberty -- the gay caucus for the Libertarian Party, wants to offer the $300 class for free.

"I'm sure it would help, when things like this happen you can't wait for the police cause 30 seconds can make the difference between 20 people dead and 50 people dead. So we want that to definitely be a thing," he said.

For more information on the class, those interested can visit the Libertarian Party of Nevada's website.

In addition, The Center hosted a prayer vigil at 7 p.m. at its location near Maryland Parkway and Lewis Avenue.