NEW YORK (WABC) --"We are Orlando" - it has become the battle cry in the struggle for LGBT rights.
A week after a hate-fueled rampage took 49 lives and injured dozens of others at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, in New York they are fighting hate with love.
"Yes, there's always going to be a fight, but you have to live. And so, as sad as this is, we're getting a sense of community. People are coming together, and love is love," says Jim Cook.
"Hate for others in some ways is born from not understanding other people," added Rebecca Schwarz.
The carnage in Orlando tore not only the LGBT community apart, but an entire nation. It is the largest mass shooting this nation has ever seen. But in the darkness, communities that traditionally have not stood together, are now unified.
At the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in Morningside Heights, a memorial prayer service was held for all people of any or no faith to embrace and grieve with the LGBTQ community.
At the historic Stonewall Inn, the goal on Saturday night was to promote acceptance and love and to challenge hate and bigotry.
"I think it's a realization that there is still a lot of hate and anger towards a community of people, human beings, and lives are continuing to be lost over being who you are," said Jonathan Ledee.
Marchers gathered Saturday evening at Grand Central Terminal and marched to Stonewall Inn.