On Monday night, Lady Gaga attended a Los Angeles vigil for the victims of the Orlando shooting.
In a passionate speech to the crowd, Gaga mourned the 49 victims who were gunned down at an LGBT-friendly nightclub early Sunday morning.
“Let’s all, today, pledge an alliance of love to them and to their families, who are suffering so deeply,” Gaga said. “They are sons and daughters. They are fathers and mothers. They are all our brothers and sisters. But, tonight, I will not allow my anger and outrage over this attack to overshadow our need to honor those who are grieving, truly, for their loved ones. Lost members of the LGBT community. I hope you know that myself and so many are your allies.”
She continued, “tomorrow, I hope, we all race, thoughtfully and loudly towards solutions. But, tonight and right now, Orlando, we are united with you and we are here to remember.”
Gaga broke down in tears as she read the names of the victims to the crowd who watched in silence.
After taking the stage at the vigil, Gaga shared a message with her fans on Instagram.
“I saw the fear and sadness in the faces of so many, but I felt comfort knowing there are millions all over the world who are not only part of the LGBT community, but are part of the straight community and so impassioned by this tragedy. You are not alone,” she wrote alongside the photo.
She shared another moving image from that evening. Teary eyed in the photo, Gaga wrote, “We can always count on one another’s pain to remind us what strength is all about. #UnitedAsHumans#UnitedAsFriends.”
Gaga has been an ally and supporter of the LGBT community for years and many consider her to a be a gay icon, though, she does not necessarily agree with that title herself.
Huffington Post reported that Gaga has previously addressed her bisexuality and what she believes is her role in the gay community.
“I mean, I am bisexual, I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. I don’t need to -– I’m sorry if this is a bit vulgar – but I don’t need to eat pussy in front of the whole world for people to take me seriously,” Gaga revealed. “You can believe it or not, it’s just here, I’m honest. I’m not saying it to be controversial; there you have it, here I am, take it or leave it. I know I am not just a lesbian –- I have a boyfriend –- but all of my friends are in this community.”
And, on the topic of being a gay icon, Gaga had this to say, “but… but… but… but here, where do I say I’m a gay icon? I never said I was a gay icon. When did that happen? Are those lyrics on the album? Absolutely not. I don’t even consider myself… I don’t even know what that word means. That was a label that was invented years ago. I’m a… I’m a gay supporter.”