Lady Gaga honored the victims lost in the terrible mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando on Sunday, calling the act of senseless violence “an attack on everyone.”
Dressed entirely in black, Gaga stood in front of thousands of supporters outside of Los Angeles’ City Hall to give a heartfelt speech as well as reading the victims’ names out loud.
“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,” Gaga said. “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.”
“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. 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.”
Afterward, Gaga took to Instagram to share several moments from the vigil. “I saw the fear and sadness in the faces of so many,” she said, “but I felt comfort knowing there are millions all over the world who are not only part of the LGBT community, but are part of the straight community and so impassioned by this tragedy. You are not alone.”
Via Gaga Daily