Lady Gaga gives a speech at vigil for Orlando victims
"This is an attack on humanity itself"
Singer and LGBT advocate Lady Gaga took to the stage in front of Los Angeles' City Hall on Monday night to give a powerful speech in light of the Orlando massacre. She held back tears as she read out the names of the victims and spoke about how the mass-shooting "is an attack on humanity itself."
"Tonight, I gather humbly with you, as a human being, in peace and sincerity, in commitment and solidarity, to take a real moment and mourn the tragic loss of these innocent, beautiful people," she said. "And 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 honour 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," she continued. "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 toward solutions but tonight, and right now, Orlando, we are united with you. And we are here to remember."
Watch her full speech below.
Gaga also wrote on Instagram about her encounter with Loui Pacheco, a friend to Edward Sotomayor, who was one of the Orlando shooting victims. Loui was an instructor in an exercise class Gaga attended; despite his loss, he had plenty of motivation to share with his class that morning and said that "today is going to be a good day."
Read her full post here and be reminded that the human race has only become stronger than ever.
I went into an exercise class this morning. The instructor Loui @louipacheco walked in and asked us with a boisterous tone "How is everyone doing today?!!" The room didn't cheer, there was barely a groan over a thick silence as we all stood there in our trauma. Then Loui shouts "Oh no! It's Tuesday.," with an emphatic hand movement, "Today is going to be a good day." As the music rose to the lyrics "when Im with you, I'm standing with an army" and we all climbed together, sweating out our stress and our thoughts, he yelled "today get stronger! and then stronger! And when your finished here go out there and spread that strength to the world." When the class was over I thanked him, he asked if he could say something to me. I started to instantly tear up. He said "I didn't want to bring it up" I said "of course you should, I'm so sorry." He then told me he was at the rally the night before, where I was also, and that he heard me read the names of some of the Orlando victims. He said "the first name you read was my friend Eddie." I said "Edward." He said "Sotomayor." In this moment I was reminded why it's so important that we protect all people and never doubt the absolute human heart that can always suprise you with its strength and love. Loui, a member of the LGBT community, who just lost his friend in the largest isolated shooting our country has ever seen, still showed up for work early in the morning to make ME feel strong. To empower me and all the other men and women in the class to keep going and get stronger so we could help each other. That's why you should never devalue another human, no matter their wrapping, their heart is just like yours and people you never expect to lift you up, will.