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SACRAMENTO -- Many in Sacramento's LGBT community are reacting to the news in Orlando. Sunday a candlelight vigil was held at 20th and K streets in midtown Sacramento.

"Fear is something that the LGBT community confronts every day, and we'll continue to confront it because everyone deserves to be safe," said Sacramento City Councilman Steve Hansen.

Hansen helped organize the vigil by working with an event that was already planned for Sunday.

"The organizers of this have given us their stage to use for our rally at 4. They have said even though this was a ticketed event that they're going to welcome everyone in for free," Hansen said.

The Latin music concert was put on by Mango's, which Hansen said has a lot in common with the Pulse, the club in Orlando where Sunday morning's attack occurred.

"It's as close to the Pulse as we have here in Sacramento, where the Latin community and the LGBT community mix," Hansen said.

"Anti-LGBT violence is going to continue to happen, and we have to do as much as we can to change the hearts and minds of people across this country," said Donald Bentz, executive director of the Sacramento LGBT Community Center and a former Florida resident. "Historically nightclubs have been the only place for LGBT people to really feel welcome... [but now] there's a running joke that now our gay bars are no longer gay bars because there's so many straight people that come into them because it's a good place to have a good time."

Meanwhile former Sacramento County Sheriff John McGinness said all Americans should be concerned with the real possibility another attack will happen again.

"The sad news is, and I said this after San Bernardino, this will not be the last one... Vigilance, awareness, candor and respect are critical ingredients going forward to make sure that we do all we can to realistically minimize the likelihood of befalling another event like this," McGinness said.