In order to keep their memory alive and highlight the importance of LGBTQ rights, 49 celebrities including Caitlyn Jenner, Sofia Vergara, and Demi Lovato, have taken part in a moving Human Rights Campaign video, titled Stop The Hate, in which each actor, singer and public figure represents one of the 49 individuals who didn’t survive the brutal attack.
In the video, Lady Gaga introduces 27 year-old Jean Carlos Nieves Rodriguez, who “started working at McDonalds at age 15 to help support his family,” and “purchased his first home this Spring, so that his mother could live there, too.”
Jane Fonda fights back tears as she shares some touching facts about fellow Orlando shooting victim, Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, who was a “loving mother to 11 children,” and “survived cancer twice” before enjoying salsa dancing with her gay son that night and shielding him from gunfire.
It’s a video that’s hard to watch, but that makes it all the more important to take the time to view.
It made me feel deeply sad, uncomfortable, and angry about what happened as it put faces to unknown victims, before concluding with a powerful message about injustice in American law.
‘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,’ the screen reads.
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