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Pride Week in Iowa City will begin with vigil

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Pride Week begins today in Iowa City.

What is supposed to be a week of joy and celebration, will begin with a vigil to remember the lives lost in Orlando, Florida.

Fifty people are dead after they were shot early Sunday morning while at a gay nightclub called Pulse.

Organizers in Iowa City gathered at the Women's Resource and Action Center, to make signs and prepare for a  vigil to be held tonight.

Some organizers say there are always safety concerns.

"That sense of safety is always something that we struggle with on a daily basis as we live our lives," says Executive Director of Transformative Healing Avi Deol.

"If we're being targeted and we know that we're being targeted, you don't even have to be gay to know that you're being targeted in the queer community. So, it just reinforces that every moment is precious," says Jewell Amos, Chair of Iowa City Pride.

Regardless, Iowa City Pride Week, will continue on.

"We are not going to let hate get in the way of us living our lives," Amos says.

In fact, we are told it's about having no hate at all.

"When we're talking about fighting against violence, transphobia, homophobia, to make sure that we're not turning that into other forms of acts of violence and hate particularly islomophobia, we stand in solidarity with our community members of the Muslim faith in making sure that we're all in this together," says Deol.

We also spoke with the Iowa City Police Department about having an active presence throughout pride week as they do every year.

One organizer told us she worked with police to agree on some areas where there could be additional officers.

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