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Lady Gaga led a Los Angeles vigil for the victims of Orlando on Monday night.
Speaking to the crowd of thousands who gathered at L.A.’s City Hall, the singer read off the names and ages of the 49 people who were killed during Sunday morning’s attack at gay nightclub Pulse, resulting in the worst mass shooting in U.S. 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, who stood before letters spelling out: Orlando. “This is an attack on everyone.”
She continued, “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.”
The singer fought back tears as she passionately addressed the crowd.
“I will not allow my anger and outrage over this attack to overshadow our need to honor those who are grieving truly for their lost ones,” she said. Adding, “Lost members of the LGBT community.”
She continued, “Tonight, right now, Orlando, we are united with you. And we are here to remember.”
City Hall was lit in rainbow colors to represent solidarity with the LGBT community and the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles paid tribute with “True Colors.” Gaga was joined by speakers who represented the Los Angeles LGBT Center, Bienestar Human Services, the Los Angeles Transgender Advisory Council and the Latino Equality Alliance.
Ignore voices that aim to divide us, this only leads to more violence between people. We must unite as humans, where we are all the same.
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) June 14, 2016
A photo posted by Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) on
The vigil was one of many held around the country Monday night for victims of the deadly attack.
In Manhattan, thousands crowded the streets around the famed Stonewall Inn, a gay rights landmark, where New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke to the crowd.
And in Orlando, thousands gathered on the lawn of the Dr. Phillips Center downtown, the area’s main performing arts venue that has become a memorial for the victims.
Thousands gathered in downtown Orlando to pay respects to those killed in the nightclub shooting (Pic/Samuel Corum) pic.twitter.com/sVsxaVyVP7
— Meredith Frost (@MeredithFrost) June 14, 2016
Watch Gaga’s speech below:
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