In memory of the 49 victims of the Orland shooting, Human Rights Campaign released a video titled, “Stop the Hate: 49 Celebrities Honor 49 Victims of Orlando Tragedy.”
Over the course of three days, Ryan Murphy, Ned Martel, and Ryan Murphy Television brought together actors, musicians, and more for the video including Lady Gaga, Caitlyn Jenner, Matt Bomer, Angela Bassett, Laverne Cox, and more. Each moment begins with a photo of a victim, followed by the celebrity saying their name, age and details about their lives: what they loved to do, how they fell in love with their partners, or challenges they faced in their lives.
At the conclusion, the video says:
“Since the massacre, Congress has voted down commonsense gun safety laws….four times.
Meanwhile, more than 200 bills targeting the LGBTQ community have been introduced in states this year. It will take all of us to change that.”
As the LGBTQ community recovers from the traumatic events of the shooting, there are many initiatives and efforts to celebrate and memorialize the lives of the victims from Star Wars petitions, to poetry, to permanent memorials. Murphy’s 18-minute video provides an intimate look at the victims, but also urges the public to support legislation for gun safety and to support survivors and family members of Orlando victims through Human Rights Campaign’s Stop the Hate.
“It’s on all of us to keep their memories alive, and to ensure part of their legacy becomes meaningful action to end hate violence.”
You can watch the full video here: