Dozens of members of the LGBT community and their supporters marched from Grand Central Terminal to the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village.
Organizers say the goal of the event was to send their message — that the Orlando nightclub shooting is not only looked as an act of terrorism, but recognized as an act of hate.
"You gotta remember this was a specific LGBT targeted attack and a lot of people in that community don't feel safe walking around," said one participant.
And while participants marched and mourned the victims of the shooting, participants don't want the conversation to slow with time.
"It's not enough to say by stopping gun violence will stop queer hate that were stopping because it does not just stop," said Michael Basilas, another participant.
The pile of flowers and tributes for the victims of Orlando nightclub shooting continues to grow outside at the Stonewall Inn — a place long considered the birthplace of the gay rights movement. Participants now say they want to strengthen that movement.
"The message is sent to the whole country that homophobia won't be tolerated," one marcher said. "It is a deeper then same-sex marriage. It's about fully accepting people of all walks of life so that people can walk down the street, can go to the bar, and can be completely free to be who they are."
Some also say other memorials held this week were not focused on the right things.
"I do think this has turned about gun violence and this was an attack on the LGBT community and also the Latino community," said one participant. "It's gun violence, it is, but it's a lot more than that," said one marcher.
"We're trying to include a space for queer people of color and trans people of color," said another.
Participants say they are going to continue to hold rallies for healing, but also to push politicians to take pro-LGBT action and push gun control legislation.