What an emotional day.
As we continue to try to grapple with the horrible events that occurred in Orlando early Sunday morning, celebrities are proving they have been just as emotionally stung by the violence as we are — and they are showing strength and love.
Several celebs — including Nick Jonas, Lady GaGa, Andy Cohen, Tituss Burgess, and more — spoke at vigils around the country on Monday night, memorializing the victims of the weekend’s senseless attack.
Burgess spoke at a vigil in New York City, and the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt actor was obviously extremely emotional — and took the shooting personally, as so many of us have. He said:
“I have to tell you, being here and seeing all of your faces has comforted me in a way that I did not expect coming down here. I am indeed Orlando, and in times like this, I find myself at a loss for what to do. I love you guys.”
Burgess sang Somewhere from West Side Story in an attempt to bring the crowd unity, before departing the stage in an obviously emotional state:
Jonas was there, too, and took the stage not long after Burgess.
And just like Burgess, Jonas took the violence personally as he stood heartbroken, talking to the crowd:
“I grew up here in New York City and New Jersey, performing on Broadway shows, surrounded by some of my closest friends from the LGBT community. My father, a minister from New Jersey, shaped my view that love is love, that we are all equal. That no matter who you are, or where you’re from, or where you’re going in life, you have the right to love and be loved. So yesterday, thinking about the families of the victims and the lives lost, I just thought that could be my friend. That could be my people.”
So sad, and so poignant.
Cohen was down in the crowd with the people at the event, and he snapped a pic and shared to Instagram that conveyed just how many people were there — and just how somber and serious of an event it really became (below):
Rally at Stonewall with thousands of my LGBT brothers, sisters and allies to #PrayForOrlandoA photo posted by Andy Cohen (@bravoandy) on Jun 13, 2016 at 5:27pm PDT
Broadway actor Ryan Steele also snapped some pics in the crowd in New York (below):
Meanwhile, across the country, GaGa was in front of Los Angeles’ City Hall speaking out at a vigil held there for the shooting victims.
The singer spoke to a highly emotionally-charged crowd on Monday night, and tried to calm the crowd with words of love and reason (below):
“Tonight I gather humbly with you, as a human being, in peace and sincerity, in commitment and solidarity, to take a real moment and mourn the tragic loss of these innocent, beautiful people. I will not allow my anger and outrage over this attack to overshadow our need to honor those who are grieving truly for their lost ones├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥lost members of the LGBT community.”
There’s more in this video of a portion of her speech (below):
Our hearts are still with all the victims of the senseless Orlando shootings.
[Image via Jeff Grossman/WENN.]