Lady Gaga has always shared a deep symbiosis with the LGBT community, so it made perfect sense for the outspoken pop star to lead a vigil for the victims of the Orlando shooting on Monday night in Los Angeles. Much like the vigil held at Manhattan’s Stonewall Inn, thousands of people gathered to honor and remember the 49 people who lost their lives on Sunday.
“I can’t help but feel that this level of hatred, like all prejudicial crimes, this is an attack on humanity itself,” said an extremely emotional Gaga. “This is an attack on everyone,” she continued, holding back tears. “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 night’s emotional nadir came when Gaga recited the names of all 49 victims, as L.A.’s City Hall was illuminated in rainbow colors behind her. “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,” Gaga roared. “Tonight, right now, Orlando, we are united with you. And we are here to remember.”
Watch Gaga’s powerful speech below, and click here to find out how you can help all the people affected by Sunday’s tragic event.