A moving new tribute to the victims of the gun massacre at Pulse nightclub has been released today, featuring 49 celebrities sharing the names and stories of each of the 49 victims of the shooting that occurred June 12 in Orlando.
The video, directed by Ryan Murphy of Glee, Scream Queens, American Horror Story and American Crime Story: The People Vs OJ Simpson, features many Murphy alumni, including Sarah Paulson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Lea Michele, Emma Roberts, Evan Peters, Lady Gaga, Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates and more.
It also features many members of Hollywood's LGBTQIA+ community, including Evan Rachel Wood, Laverne Cox, Caitlyn Jenner, Colton Haynes, Matt Bomer, and Anna Paquin, as well as allies who have openly shown their support in recent weeks, like Sofia Vergara, Guillermo Díaz, hip-hop artist Kid Cudi, and It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia's Kaitlin Olson, who rode in the LA Pride parade the day after the attack.
The moving video runs for 18 minutes, and reminds us that the victims are more than just a list of names.
"John started working at McDonalds at age 15 to help support his family," says Lady Gaga of Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, "and was recently made the manager of a cheque-cashing store. He purchased his first home this spring, so that his mother could live there too. He loved to escape to the beach, though his best friend called him 'a big teddybear, who was happy when everyone depended on him'."
Kerry Washington tells us about Akira Monet Marie, who at 18 was the youngest of the victims. She says: "Akira was on vacation after her graduation from a Philadelphia Catholic high school. She was third in her class. She led the Lady Spurs basketball team with more than a thousand points and earned a full college scholarship."
"It's time to stop the bleeding," Lady Gaga concludes at the end of the video.
The video's description links to the Human Rights Campaign's Stop The Hate page, which is aiming to end hate violence and protect LGBTQIA+ people.