In the early hours of 12 June, a gunman opened fire during an evening of drinking, dancing and drag shows at the gay night club Pulse in Orlando, Florida. The police have identified the gunman as Omar Mateen, 29, of Florida, who died in gun battle with SWAT teams, after the mass shooting.

Officials have reported that Mateen called 911 and pledged allegiance to Islamic State (Isis) before carrying out the attack.

Omar's father, Seddique Mateen, described an incident in downtown Miami in which Mateen saw two men kissing in front of his wife and child and became angry and Seddique made a possible link between the two events. "He saw two men kissing each other... and got very angry. Maybe that's why he went after a gay club".

Seddique Mateen had an occasional television programme on a US-based Afghan satellite channel Payam-e-Afghan, and told NBC that he was "apologising for the whole incident, we weren't aware of any action he is taking. We are in shock like the whole country."

Social media users have made a poignant stand against the LGBT-targeted attack, with people all over the world posting photographs of men embracing, using the hashtag #TwoMenKissing, in defiance against homophobia and the attacks that took place at the Pulse night club.

100 Photos of #TwoMenKissing That Every Homophobe Needs to See

— Oscar Raymundo (@OscarRaymundo) June 12, 2016


— I am Jessica Simpson (@DharmaAtBigSur) June 12, 2016

My husband & I at wedding reception, 2008. If you don't like this, you're like a terrorist. Congrats. #twomenkissing

— Jon Collins (@jeezjon) June 13, 2016

Two men kissing is an act of love. Spread the word and the action! #twomenkissing #actoflove #spreadtheword

— Ojon van Strijland (@ojjvs) June 12, 2016


— Javier Amaya 🇵🇷 (@javi_amaya) June 13, 2016

Important today to share images of #TwoMenKissing so I dug this out from the vault: my wedding day

— Walter Wittich (@WalterWittich) June 13, 2016

Father of Orlando murderer says son was angry seeing 2 men kissing. I say flood the world with pics: #twomenkissing

— K.M. Soehnlein (@kmsoehnlein) June 12, 2016

#twomenkissing Photo of Patrick Cowley and Jorge Socarras

— Dark Entries Records (@darkentriesrecs) June 12, 2016