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“Stop the Hate”: 49 celebrities pay tribute to Orlando victims

Laverne Cox, Colton Haynes, Lady Gaga, and more demand gun violence prevention in video remembering the stories of the victims of the Orlando shooting

Laverne Cox, Colton Haynes, Sarah Paulson, Chris Pine, Matt Bomer, Caitlyn Jenner, Kid Cudi, and Lady Gaga - Photo: HRC / YouTube
Laverne Cox, Colton Haynes, Sarah Paulson, Chris Pine, Matt Bomer, Caitlyn Jenner, Kid Cudi, and Lady Gaga – Photo: HRC / YouTube

“It’s time to stop the bleeding, let’s show the world love conquers hate.”

–Actors Lady Gaga and Chris Pine, speaking in “Stop the Hate,” a ideo commemorating the victims of the Orlando shooting. Director Ryan Murphy and The Human Rights Campaign have teamed up to produce the touching tribute, honoring the Orlando victims.

The video features 49 celebrities, each commemorating one of the 49 victims of the massacre on June 12. The video features celebrities from television, film, music, and the internet. Their words honor the victims as they were before the shooting: active members of their community who were parents, students, dancers, partners, military officers, and volunteers.

It is our responsibility to keep their memories alive and honor their legacies by ensuring our nation acts to end anti-LGBTQ hate and gun violence,” HRC President Chad Griffin said.

While Congress has voted down multiple commonsense gun safety laws since the massacre, there have been over 200 bills targeting the LGBTQ community this year alone. The HRC and Murphy asks viewers to “visit and take action by supporting victims’ families and survivors through, as well as contacting legislators to demand passage of LGBTQ protections and common-sense gun violence prevention measures.”

Watch the video below.

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