MINNEAPOLIS - In the wake of the Orlando shooting that left 50 people dead, security is a concern for some gay clubs and for future events in the Twin Cities.
Sunday, Gay 90's in downtown Minneapolis had its LGBT Pride flag lowered to half-mast. Two women placed 50 roses outside the nightclub to honor the 50 victims.
"I pass by this club every day to work," said Deshann Sanchez who helped place the flowers. "It could've been them. It could've been my friends in the LGBT community."
Gay 90's General Manager Robert Parker said they are considering more security options, including using their two security wands.
"As far as security goes, we're going to do the same thing we always do: search people, pat them down, card them. Do everything that we normally would do. We have wands that we may or may not use that we do have. We've always had them but we still want people to feel safe in coming out," Parker said.
Down the street, General Manager Tim Balfanz of The Saloon said approximately 800 people came out to the gay bar Saturday night.
"It's been a hard day, an emotional day. It's so far away but it feels like it could be here," Balfanz said.
According to Balfanz, the owners bought The Saloon nearly 40 years ago.
"That's what this place was for them... It was a sanctuary. It was a place for people in the late '70s, early '80s to come together and to not be afraid and to celebrate who they are," Balfanz said.
Balfanz said The Saloon will not be changing its security (they have their own security staff) but they are planning to have discussions with organizers on Twin Cities Pride. The event is June 25 and 26.
"I think a lot of people are going to be concerned about safety for sure," said Dot Belstler, executive director of Twin Cities Pride.
Belstler said security plans are typically behind the scenes but this year they plan to make security more visible. Belstler said they also plan to increase meetings with police and security, prior to the event.
"We always take security and safety of our guests really seriously. That is, we create a safe space for people to come together to celebrate pride. So we want to make sure that it's safe," she said.
She went on to say, "I do think that this will generate the feeling of... no, we are going to Pride. We are going to celebrate. This is not going to stop us."