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Carolina nightlife reacts to Orlando mass shooting

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ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Many in the Upstate and in Asheville are holding vigils and  fundraisers, bringing the community together after the Orlando mass shooting. Now, nightclubs and establishments in the Carolinas are looking into what they can do to keep nightclub goers safe. 

Scandals is a 34-year-old club in Asheville. It said is a place for everyone, including the LGBT community. Michael-David Carpenter is no stranger to the entertaining world and hosts at the club.  

"I love how we are just a melting pot for everyone to come together and just have fun,” Carpenter said. Because of the attack in Orlando, Scandals and other clubs are thinking about security. Scandals said their customers and safety have always been a priority.

"We have metal detecting wands before people get in the entrance. We'll wand them and make sure they don't have anything on them. As soon as you start to go in, the door person has to push a button to allow it to open to allow you in,” Carpenter said.

Rylee Hunty, Miss South Carolina Pride, performs in drag shows at some Upstate clubs and said last week witnessed intense heartbreak in the LGBT community.

"If you think a gay club isn't a sanctuary for us, you've obviously never been scared to hold hands in public,” Hunty said.  

Carpenter is the president of the Blue Ridge Pride Club and said the community is healing through vigils, like the one in Asheville last week.

"There was a sense of empowerment through the crowd saying, we're not going anywhere and we're going to make things happen to make this a safer world. Anger is the air, love is in the air," Carpenter said.

Hunty said it's that same energy that has made her notice a change in people's behavior for the better.

"It's really made people open their eyes and think, we're not going to be here forever, and if that had happened, what would your last words be? It's really made this community come together and be there for each other,” Hunty said.

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