Lady Gaga joined thousands in Los Angeles last night for a vigil in remembrance of the 49 victims killed at gay nightclub Pulse early Sunday morning. At one point, as people waved rainbow flags and held up signs spelling out “ORLANDO”, she took center stage to read a moving speech.
“We mourn the tragic loss of these innocent, beautiful people,” the pop star and longtime supporter of LGBT rights addressed the crowd. “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.”
Choked up and on the verge of tears, she added, “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.”
“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.”
Watch footage of her speech above.
In addition to her participation at the LA vigil, Lady Gaga has taken to Twitter to reflect on what is now considered to be the worst mass shooting in US history. In her most recent tweet, she wrote, “The world is in peril. Today get stronger. A workout, silent time, clear your rage. Then go out and spread that strength all around you.”