I was stunned when I heard the news about the killings in Florida. I cried when I saw on televsion all the candle-lit vigils in different countries.
The Eiffel Tower went rainbow-coloured. So, too, did Auckland's Skytower, and our very own Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington.
Driving around the coast today, I approached the Greta Point Cafe. Outside the cafe, and flying proudly, was a rainbow flag.
The people of Florida will see the Eiffel Tower lit up and maybe read about our Skytower and Michael fowler Centre, and all those other big buildings around the world going multi-coloured in recognition of the sadness fallen upon the LGBT community. And now here is a small cafe on the Wellington coast, a little cafe that isn't even the tiniest of blips on the world stage, a cafe that's many thousands of kms away from the United States, flying the rainbow flag in solidarity with Florida.
Sometimes it's the smaller actions that tug at the heartstrings....