Following the tragic mass shooting that took the lives of 50 and injured 53 others at gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Florida last weekend, Lady Gaga joined hundreds of LGBT who held a vigil in front of the Los Angeles City Hall to the honor the innocent lives lost in the senseless mass shooting.
Dressed all in black, the pop star, who has long been identified as an icon for the LGBT community, went up the stage and delivered a powerful and emotional speech. Lady Gaga at one point even read the names of the victims one by one as her way of paying tribute to them.
?I know that you have all been feeling a tremendous range of emotions, since we?ve all heard about this horrible hateful attack on Orlando and on your and our community,? Laga Gaga said.
Lady Gaga then went to call the mass shooting an ?attack on humanity itself.?
?As we have now witnessed the largest mass shooting in American history, I can?t help but feel that this level of hatred, like all prejudicial crimes, this is an attack on humanity itself. This is an attack on everyone. Tonight, I gather humbly with you, as a human being, in peace, in sincerity, in commitment, in solidarity, to take a real moment and mourn the tragic loss of these innocent, beautiful people.?
Instead of resorting to anger and violence, Lady Gaga reminded everyone at the vigil to turn to love and compassion and remember the families who are deeply affected by the tragedy.
?Let’s all today pledge an allegiance of love to them and their families who are suffering so deeply. They are sons and daughters, they’re fathers and mothers, they are all our brothers and our sisters. But tonight I will not allow my anger and outrage over this attack to overshadow our need to honor those who are grieving truly for their lost ones, lost members of the LGBT community.?
Lady Gaga also reminded everyone at the vigil that she will always be an ally of the LGBT community.
?I hope you know that myself and so many are your allies. Not only me but everyone here, we represent the compassion and loyalty of millions of people around the world who believe in you. You are not alone.”
— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) June 14, 2016
We?re one with you on this, Orlando.
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