Once again, our nation grieves the loss of valued individuals – friends, sons, daughters, fellow loved Americans. We are heart-broken over the recent massacre in the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
As these families face the days ahead, they will confront feelings that hate has stopped the life and taken away the presence of someone they love dearly. But there is a question we can ask that can help heal the overwhelming sense of loss. That question is, “What can’t death do?”
Death cannot end the love we feel for each other. Neither can it arrest the courage, determination and humanity needed to meet hatred with love and forgiveness. It is this love and forgiveness that will disarm hate.
Stop the Hate: 49 Celebrities Honor 49 Victims of Orlando Tragedy in Ryan Murphy-Produced Tribute
In the past weeks, the tragic shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando has weighed heavily on all of our thoughts. With 49 victims, the hashtag #SayTheirNames has served as a way to memorialize those who lost their lives. Their photos and some anecdotes of their lives have circulated around the internet, making sure none are forgotten.
Ryan Murphy has directed a tribute video for HRC that preserves each victim’s memory and tells their stories. In the video, 49 celebs wear black and sit against a black backdrop, each one reciting a brief biography of one of the victims. Lady Gaga, Caitlyn Jenner, Matt Bomer, and Laverne Cox are just a few of the many names who came together to tell these stories. They also use the platform to call for an end to hate crimes and gun violence.