Following a resilient LA Pride parade, thousands gathered at City Hall Monday night to honor the victims of the horrific mass shooting in Orlando. The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles performed and speakers included Lorri Jean, CEO of the Los Angeles LGBT Center, and Justine Gonzalez, of the newly formed Transgender Advisory Council, and Lady Gaga, who, in a surprise appearance, helped read aloud the names of victims and told the crowd, “this is an attack on everyone.”
“I know you all have been feeling a tremendous range of emotions … I can’t help but feel this level of hatred like all prejudicial crimes, this is an attack on humanity itself,” she said.
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All week, City Hall has been bathed in rainbow colors to celebrate Pride week. The colorful lights have gained significance in light of the shooting, which occurred at a gay nightclub.
This #brazen man whom i love. My hero. Woke up to his sobs that morning. We were broken hearted for our brothers & sisters. #pulseorlando #brazen #brother #orlando #lgbt #LACityHall #VigilRallyForOrlando
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The vigil was one of hundreds held around the nation in the wake of the Orlando massacre. In the LA area alone, vigils took place Monday night in West Hollywood, Koreatown, and Downtown. An event Sunday night at Harvey Milk Park in Long Beach drew hundreds.
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