Lady Gaga Delivers Emotional Speech at L.A. Vigil For Orlando
On June 13, Lady Gaga led an emotional vigil for the victims of the Orlando massacre in Los Angeles.
Appearing before a crowd of more than 2,000 people in front of L.A.'s City Hall on Monday evening, the pop star referred to the shooting as "an attack on humanity itself." Fighting back tears of frustration, she called for solidarity following the shooting, which claimed 49 lives, and pleaded with the crowd to seek a tangible solution for gun-related violence and anti-LGBT hate.
"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," Gaga pledged, before reading off a list of the victims' names and ages. "I hope you know that myself and so many are your allies."
Watch the emotional footage below, and read her full speech:
I know that you all have been feeling a tremendous range of emotions since we've all heard about this horrible, hateful attack on Orlando and your and our community. 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. And lets all today pledge an allegiance of love to them and to 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 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.