June 29, 2016


Watch Lady Gaga, Chris Pine, Kerry Washington & More Pay Tribute to Orlando Shooting Victims

49 celebrities have joined forces to create a heartfelt tribute to the victims of the June 12 massacre at the Orlando LGBTQ nightclub Pulse. Lady Gaga, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jane Fonda, George Lopez, Kerry Washington, Chris Pine and others each focused on a specific victim killed in the shooting, and offered a little eulogy to memorialize the 49 people who prematurely lost their lives. 

The video, titled "Stop the Hate," was coordinated by the Human Rights Campaign and produced by Nip/Tuck and Glee producer Ryan Murphy. The HRC released a statement about the video on Wednesday:

"For too long, a toxic combination of anti-LGBTQ hate and easy access to guns has put LGBTQ people at disproportionate risk of violence and murder. On June 12, forty-nine innocent people -- most of them Latinx -- were killed at Pulse nightclub in Orlando simply because of who they were. It's on all of us to keep their memories alive, and to ensure part of their legacy becomes meaningful action to end hate violence."

The Pulse tragedy is the worst mass shooting in United States history, and has prompted a maelstrom of debates surrounding gun control, sexuality-based discrimination, hate crimes and more. LGBTQ communities in Orlando and throughout the country haven't been cowering though: Disney recently gifted $1 million to support the victims and their families, and symbolic gestures, like the Christina Aguilera song "Change," have been dedicated to the victims, their families, and LGBTQ people facing discrimination around the world.