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Lisa Vanderpump Helps the LGBT Community "Stand Strong" at L.A. Pride

"Proud to see Weho showed courage and pride today," the #PumpRules restaurateur said.

By Laura Rosenfeld

Lisa Vanderpump showed her support for the LGBT community when it needed it most. Just hours after a shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida left at least 50 people dead and more than 50 injured, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills restaurateur celebrated L.A. Pride in the city's annual parade on Sunday. 

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The well-known LGBT advocate rode atop a red double decker bus like the ones famously found in her native London, along with Chris O'Connor, the British Consul General in L.A., and actress Lesley Nicol, who is best known to American audiences for her turn as Mrs. Patmore in Downton Abbey.

Lisa showed her support for the LGBT community while riding in a red double decker bus float during L.A. Pride in West Hollywood, California on June 12, 2016.

With our British Consulate General Chris O'Connor supporting #LGBT

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Stand strong #lgbt #rip #orlando

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We've often see Lisa and her SURvers party hard during L.A. Pride on Vanderpump Rules over the years, but this time, the boss really amped up her outfit, wearing a red strapless dress with long, silky gloves and an over-the-top hat to match.

Gay Pride ...Such sadness but we won't succumb to fear... Thank you #LAPD for keeping us safe

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A few SURvers, including Jax Taylor, Tom Sandoval, and Ariana Madix, as well as Lisa's husband Ken Todd and SUR co-owner Guillermo Zapata also celebrated L.A. Pride on Sunday. 

🌈Ain't nobody gonna break our pride🌈

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Pride with Guys! My Dad's 1st pride!! #lgbtpride

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Though it looked like Lisa and her SURvers had an incredible time during the festivities, she understandably told ET that the tragedy in Orlando cast a "somber shadow over today's events, which should be a day of celebration." "I've had gay restaurants, bars, clubs, and I've always known the gay community to be a kind, peaceful community that embrace one another. And for me, such a heinous act, it's devastating," Lisa also said during the interview (clip below). "We need to have a moment of prayer and really understand that these people, they were just innocent victims, and I'm truly, truly sorry."


However, Lisa also said it's of the utmost importance to have "courage in the face of adversity." It sounds like the people of West Hollywood showed exactly that, according to the below tweet from Lisa on Sunday night.


See how the Vanderpump Rules crew honored L.A. Pride in the past, below.

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