As news spread of the Orlando shooting tragedy, social media overflowed with tributes and sorrow from celebrities and from the gay community. The tragedy that occurred in Orlando ranks as the nation’s deadliest shooting massacre reported USA Today.
LGBT supporters and celebrities responded, with many asking what could be done to make a difference, and some gay stars expressing their views about the tragedy.
“It’s a traumatizing & emotional time for a many people. I dream of the world reflecting on what we can do to change this violence. #Orlando,” tweeted Lady Gaga.
I'm gutted over the news in Orlando- the tears will not stop. My thoughts are w my gay brothers and sisters and their families.— Lance Bass (@LanceBass) June 12, 2016
“Hate is a poison. It destroys everything it touches & undermines our most precious American value: freedom,” wrote Aisha Tyler.
My heart goes out to the victims and their families. Our community has suffered a tremendous loss. We must stand together more than ever.— Ellen Page (@EllenPage) June 12, 2016
Among the celebrities seeking ways to pay tribute to the victims, Justin Bieber made it clear that he has no plans to cancel or postpone his Orlando show, reported Billboard. The pop singer also shared his support and love for those touched by the tragedy.
“The concert is scheduled for June 30. For all those asking no I won’t cancel the Orlando show. I stand with Orlando in support. Love you Orlando!” tweeted Bieber.
For all those asking no I won't cancel the Orlando show. I stand with Orlando in support. Love you Orlando! #OrlandoStrong— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) June 16, 2016
Justin had not previously spoken out about the shooting, which injured 53 people and killed 49.
However, just one night prior to the Pulse nightclub shooting, The Voice alum Christina Grimmie was shot after her performance in Orlando. Bieber could not stop his tears as he dedicated his “Purpose” song to her during a show.
In addition to Justin and the other celebrities and LGBT advocates speaking out about and honoring the Orlando massacre victims, Taylor Swift has found a way to pay tribute to the victims. With funerals ongoing for those who lost their lives in the mass shooting, Swift posted a handwritten letter on Instagram. In it, she sent her love to family members of those killed, noted ET.
“As you bury your loved ones this week, please know that there are millions of us sending you love and our deepest sympathy in the face of this unthinkable and devastating tragedy,” wrote Taylor.
Among the messages of support and love from the LGBT community and stars, Beyonce chose to make a stand when she was performing in Detroit. The singer used her “Halo” song as a way to show she cared, dedicating it to the families of the victims.
“This is a song about love,” emphasized Beyonce. “This is to all the family members who lost family members in Florida.”
In response to Beyonce’s tribute, social media expressed appreciation, pointed out ABC News.
In addition to Twitter, Instagram showed images of Beyonce’s tribute.
“Thank you Beyoncé for dedicating Halo to the victims in Orlando. #halo #formationworldtour #beyonce @beyonce #gma #goodmorningamerica and thank you GMA for showing this video!” wrote one fan in posting the performance.
Fans shared how much they appreciated Beyonce for choosing to dedicate her song to the victims.
“I’ve always loved B! I have a newfound respect and love for her. I was front row at her Philly show. She took her time, looked at everyone individually, in their eyes with a smile on her face. She’s so beautiful inside and out,” responded one follower.
“All around the world, people are trying to come to terms with the horrific events that occurred in Orlando this morning. Our hearts go out to all of those affected by this tragedy.”
Even late-night shows known for their comedy emphasized support and heartbreak over the Orlando tragedy.
“Sometimes events are so horrifying and bleak that to come out here and tell jokes, it’s not really possible,” stated Conan O’Brien. “And tonight sadly is one of those nights.”
“Love does not despair. Love makes us strong. Love gives us the courage to act. Love gives us hope that change is possible,” emphasized Colbert.
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