On Monday night, millions of people around the globe came together to mourn the lives lost in Orlando this weekend. One such vigil was held in Los Angeles, where LGBT activist Lady Gaga gave a heartbreaking tribute to the victims of the worst mass shooting in United States history. “I can’t help but feel that this level of hatred, like all prejudicial crimes, this is an attack on humanity itself,” she said. “This is an attack on everyone.”
With tears in her eyes, Gaga, who called speaking at the 2009 National Equality March Rally the “most important moment” of her career, continued.
“We mourn the tragic loss of these innocent, beautiful people. Let’s all today pledge an allegiance of love to them and to their families who are suffering so deeply. They are sons and daughters. They were 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.
“I hope you know that myself and so many are your allies. Not only me, but everyone here. We represent the compassion and the loyalty of millions of people around the world that believe in you. You are not alone, you are not alone.” (Via Entertainment Weekly)
She concluded, “Tomorrow I hope that we all race thoughtfully and loudly towards solutions. But tonight, and right now, Orlando, we are united with you. And we are here to remember.”
(Via Entertainment Weekly)