Thousands expected at vigils around US for Orlando victims

A young woman and man embrace during a vigil and memorial for victims of the Orlando nightclub shootings at the historic Stonewall Inn Monday, June 13, 2016, in New York. State and city officials, LGBT community members, and others gathered as a show of solidarity with the victims and survivors of the Orlando nightclub shootings. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Vigils, rallies and marches are being held around the country Monday and later this week for the victims of the deadly attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando. Police in many areas have promised heightened security for the events, which come during Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio say they will join in a vigil expected to draw thousands of people Monday evening at the Stonewall Inn. A 1969 police raid at Stonewall led to street protests widely credited as the start of large-scale gay rights activism.

A police counterterrorism unit will stand watch at the event outside the Greenwich Village tavern, which President Barack Obama has proposed to designate as the first national monument honoring the history of gays and lesbians in the U.S.