One of the main criticisms following this month’s shooting in Orlando, Florida, was that not enough attention was paid to the victims. Conversations about terrorism, national security, gun control, and the upcoming election dominated the media coverage, while details about the 49 people who lost their lives at Pulse nightclub on June 12 took a backseat.
Well, not anymore. In a powerful new video from the Human Rights Campaign, with the help of screenwriter, director, and producer Ryan Murphy, 49 celebrities joined forces to pay tribute to the victims by sharing their stories. Clad in all black, celebrities like Lady Gaga, Kerry Washington, Lea Michele, and Jane Fonda read short biographies and wide-ranging anecdotes that reflect the diverse backgrounds of all those who lost their lives.
“The hate that stole these 49 individuals from all those who loved them has been allowed to flourish in our country for too long,” Murphy said in a statement. He continued:
No person is born hating another, and we have an obligation as Americans to stand up against prejudice and bigotry that would incite violence against someone simply for who they are. I am proud to have joined with Ned Martel, my talented colleagues, and the Human Rights Campaign to honor these 49 heroes and stop the hate.
Other celebrities who appear in the PSA include Caitlyn Jenner, Emma Roberts, Laverne Cox, and Sarah Paulson. Watch above.