Greater Manchester Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner, Tony Lloyd said;
"Communities in Greater Manchester have been shocked by the barbaric massacre that took place in Orlando at the weekend. We send our thoughts and condolences to those involved and their loved ones.
"As many leaders in America have said, this was an act of terrorism but also a hate crime. LGBT people were attacked in a place that is meant to represent safety, security and community.
"People across Greater Manchester will share with our vibrant LGBT community, feelings of sadness and concern following this horrific event. This attack shows that despite the huge gains made for LGBT rights in recent years, homophobia still exists and can have fatal consequences. There is no place for homophobia in our city-region.
"Along with leaders across Greater Manchester, I will continue to work to bring an end to hate crime in all its forms and build cohesive communities where we can all live our lives free from fear."
A vigil being held in Sackville Gardens, Manchester this evening. At 6.45pm people are invited to meet for a ‘hand hold’ that will start in the gardens and spread around the village at 7pm.
At 8.30pm members of the LGBT community and local dignitaries will express their thoughts and concerns. Speakers will include GM Mayor and PCC Tony Lloyd, Antony Cotton, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Rob Cookson from the LGBT Foundation, the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Rabnawaz Akbar and Councillor Bev Craig, Manchester City Council lead Member for LGBT Women.
Manchester Lesbian and Gay Chorus will perform at 9.30pm.
A book of condolence will also be open in Sackville Gardens for the evening.