LOS ANGELES — Several thousand people, including singer Lady Gaga, gathered outside Los Angeles City Hall June 13 for a vigil in memory of the people killed during a weekend shooting spree at a gay/lesbian nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
The 30-year-old pop star, long an advocate for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, addressed the crowd and began a reading of the known victims’ names.
“I know that you all here have been feeling a tremendous range of emotions since we heard about this horrible, painful attack in Orlando and on your and our community,” she said, noting the massacre was the worst 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 here 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 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’re fathers and mothers, but they’re all our brothers and our sisters.
“Not only me, but everyone here, we represent the compassion and the loyalty of millions of people around the world — you are not alone, you are not alone.
“Orlando, we are united with you and we are here to remember,” Gaga said, before reading a list of the identified victims of the massacre.
Organized by the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the event also served as a rally “in solidarity to stand for peace, for community and for Orlando,” according to organizers.
Forty-nine people were killed by a gunman who was later fatally shot by police inside the Orlando, Florida club early June 12. The rampage came during a weekend of LGBT Pride celebrations being held across the nation, including the LA Pride Parade and Festival in West Hollywood.