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Lady Gaga Speaks at L.A. Vigil to Honor Victims of Orlando Attack

Lady Gaga helped read the names of victims of the Orlando attack in a vigil outside Los Angeles City Hall on Monday, with thousands participating in an event that was a mixture of mourning and strength.

“This is an attack on everyone,” she said. “Tonight I gather humbly with you, as a human being in peace and sincerity, in commitment, in solidarity, to take a real moment and mourn the tragic loss of these innocent, beautiful people.”

“Let’s all today pledge an allegiance of love to them and their families who are suffering so deeply.”

Most of the 49 victims in the attack on the gay nightclub, Pulse, in Orlando, were in their 20s and 30s.

Los Angeles was one of many cities around the world where vigils were held on Monday. In New York, thousands packed the streets in front of the Stonewall Inn, where a 1969 riot helped helped spur the gay rights movement. At a vigil in London, hundreds watched as the Gay Men’s Chorus sang “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” In Paris, the Eiffel Tower was lit in the rainbow hue.

In Los Angeles, speakers appeared before a group that held letters spelling out ORLANDO in front of City Hall, which was lit in rainbow colors on Monday night, to represent solidarity with the LGBT community.

“Tonight 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, lost members of the LGBT community,” Lady Gaga told the crowd. “I hope you know that myself and so many are your allies.”

The Gay Men’s Chorus LA performed “True Colors” at the vigil, which was organized by the Los Angeles LGBT Center. The executive director of the center, Lorri Jean, was among the speakers, along with Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin and West Hollywood City Councilman John Duran.

 

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