At a rally in Los Angeles to honor the victims of the Orlando shooting, Lady Gaga gave a moving speech, and read each of the victims’ names:
In a powerful four-minute long speech, she broke down in tears. Her words are passionate and inspiring, hopeful and sad:
“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. We are here to remember.”
Lady Gaga has long been a vocal supporter of LGBTQ+ causes. She has attended and spoken at many pride events, and criticized the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in the United States military. Her song “Born This Way” has also become a queer anthem for accepting yourself.
“They are all our brothers and our sisters, but tonight I will not allow my anger to overshadow our need to honor those who are grieving truly for their lost ones. Lost members of the LGBT community.”
As she left, Lady Gaga held a rainbow flag outside of her car:
— GM ?? (@gagamonster96) June 14, 2016
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