ITHACA, NY – Hundreds of Tompkins residents took to the Commons to join in a colorful show of solidarity with the victims of the Orlando mass shooting and the LGBT community.

The idea was to create a rainbow by talking bird’s-eye pictures of attendees lined up wearing shirts of each color of the rainbow (except poor indigo).

People were already filling the commons about an hour before the photo was scheduled.

Shirts in each color of the rainbow featuring an “Ithaca is Love” logo sold out almost immediately after they were available for sale. According to one booth volunteer, they had about 300 shirts to start out with, and they were sold out within about 35 minutes. CFCU also handed out hundreds of “Ithaca is Love” buttons.

There were also booths set up featuring LGBT literature and resources so people could learn more about LGBT issues.

There was also a “free hug” booth.

More and more people filed in as the 5:45 p.m. picture time approached. Volunteers were holding “flags” of paper as rallying points for each color group.

Photographer Sheryl Sinkow readied to take the photo from the top of Center Ithaca.

Attendees cheered and waved as the photos were taken.

We’ll be sure to the share the final version of the photo taken from the rooftop once it’s ready.

(All photos by Mike Smith / The Ithaca Voice except the featured photo, courtesy of the Center Ithaca webcam and provided by Betsy Harrington.)

Michael Smith

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