Lady Gaga gives moving speech at LA vigil to honour Orlando shooting victims
The singer made a surprise appearance at the Los Angeles vigil for the victims of the tragic Orlando nightclub shooting.
Lady Gaga shared emotional words with a crowd of thousands at last night’s LA vigil for the victims of the Orlando shooting.
“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,” said Gaga.
“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.”
“Tonight I will not allow my anger and outrage over this attack to overshadow our need to honour those who are grieving truly for their lost ones, lost members of the LGBT community,” she told crowd gathered outside L.A. City Hall, before reading the names and ages of each of the 49 victims.
“I hope you know that myself and so many are your allies.”
Gaga first spoke out on Twitter following the shooting on Sunday.
“I pray for all the victims families during this shooting epidemic. That their pain be met with compassion and support from the world,” she wrote.
“It’s a traumatising and emotional time for a many people,” she added.
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“I dream of the world reflecting on what we can do to change this violence. #Orlando.”
At least 49 people were killed and 53 were injured in the shooting at the Pulse gay club in Orlando over the weekend.
With more than a hundred now confirmed dead or injured, the shooting has become the worst in American history. The dead includes a young gay couple who were planning to get married, their families have announced that they will have a joint funeral.
Vigils have been taking place across the world, with thousands of LGBT people and allies taking to the streets to show solidarity.