The shooting at the Pulse club in Orlando rocked our community and the world alike, and all the Pride Parades have had their own homage to the victims of the tragedy.
Over the last couple of days, we have had several moving tributes to the Orlando victims, including some high profile stars coming together to create a song in remembrance.
Britney Spears, Adam Lambert, Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, Jason Derulo, MNEK, Selena Gomez, P!nk, Mary J. Blige, Meghan Trainor and more came together to create the charity song, Hands.
Justin Tranter, who wrote the song, said: “The second I heard about this horrible tragedy where so many of my LGBTQ brothers and sisters lost their lives, I immediately got on a plane to Orlando to volunteer my help anyway I could. Putting this charity single together is just a way for me, and everyone involved to keep volunteering our help and promote peace and love in the world.”
We also had a moving performance from the Orlando Gay Chorus, who did a rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone at Denver’s Ellie Caulkins Opera House this week as a tribute to the victims of the Pulse tragedy.
The Chorus said: “Orlando Gay Chorus members are sought out for condolences, hugs, and offers of sympathy. It has been an emotional but exceptionally fulfilling experience at GALA 2016. Thank you GALA Choruses! Your support has been overwhelming. We are ALL ambassadors of love and hope. Delivering a message of hope and love to the rest of the world, Orlando Gay Chorus does what they do best – spread love, support and hope through the joy of music.”
And finally, while he did not directly speak on the recent tragedy, RuPaul had some very important words about love and acceptance at the recent Toronto Pride. Love and acceptance is exactly what we need in order to stop anymore senseless killings of LGBTQ+ people.
“You know, a lot of people come from families that, for whatever reason, don’t accept them, or are closed down to the idea of love. And here, young people have found their family. As gay people, we get to choose our families, and you – You are my family.”
“These freedoms that were hard-fought and won, they are fragile. In my lifetime, I’ve seen the pendulum swing both ways. Make sure that you tell your story to your family, to your brothers and sisters here, so that we can continue this power, this love, and this experience for generations to come. I love you, and I’ll see you next time.”