While many acknowledge concerns about security, post-Orlando, they're even more determined to support gay-friendly businesses. Deborah Gembara reports.
This is what a safe zone looks like. The "Town" dance boutique in Washington DC. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ED BAILEY, OWNER OF GAY NIGHT CLUB "TOWN DANCEBOUTIQUE" SAYING: "Nightclubs and bars have been that refuge for us for over a hundred years. " While Town's owners have a policy of not discussing the club's security --- many at this fundraiser for the families of the Orlando shooting victims say they've noticed an increase in police officers on site. Event organizer Jose Plaza, of the Latino LGBT history project. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JOSE PLAZA, FUNDRAISER ORGANIZER AND PRESIDENT OF THE LATINO LESBIAN GAY BISEXUAL TRANSGENDER HISTORY PROJECT, SAYING: "We're fortunate that we have security and we have the D.C. metro police department here." While safety is on their minds --- it isn't the only thing. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JOSE PLAZA, FUNDRAISER ORGANIZER AND PRESIDENT OF THE LATINO LESBIAN GAY BISEXUAL TRANSGENDER HISTORY PROJECT, SAYING: "We want to celebrate those whose lives were taken from us and we need to continue living our lives and be proud of who we are for them." (SOUNDBITE) (English) STEPHANIE MILLER, A BIOPHYSICS GRADUATE STUDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND SAYING: "I don't want to live in fear. I think that I probably actually am not looking to notice extra security." Stephanie Miller's friend KJ Morris was killed in Orlando. (SOUNDBITE) (English) STEPHANIE MILLER, A BIOPHYSICS GRADUATE STUDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND DISCUSSING HER FRIEND KJ MORRIS, A VICTIM OF THE ORLANDO SHOOTING "The quality time that I had with her was in the club, that was our safe space and in fact that was where I met her. She was the leader of drag king troupe up in Massachusetts where I'm from and where she lived many years." Post-Orlando, many say cowering is not an option. "I don't know half the people here but I will tell them I love them before I leave because they are my brothers and sisters and that is how I look at it." It's a message many here can agree with.