In the aftermath of the Orlando shooting, numerous Muslim leaders around the country stood alongside leaders from the gay community at prayer vigils and rallies held for victims of the tragedy.

Nihad Awad of the Council on American-Islamic Relations expressed unequivocal support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights in a news conference held in Washington, D.C., immediately after the attack.

"For many years, members of the (LGBTQ) community have stood shoulder to shoulder with the Muslim community against any acts of hate crimes, Islamophobia, marginalization and discrimination. Today, we stand with them, shoulder to shoulder," Awad said. "We cannot fight injustice against some group and not against others."

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