Forty nine people lost their lives in the shooting earlier this month
Lady Gaga, actor Chris Pine, Caitlyn Jenner and Demi Lovato are among 49 celebrities who have appeared in a new video honouring the 49 clubbers who lost their lives in the Orlando massacre earlier this month.
A gunman opened fire in the Pulse nightclub on June 12 and now a host of stars – one for each person killed – have joined forces to lead a new Human Rights Campaign public service announcement masterminded by director Ryan Murphy.
The 18 minute clip, which you can watch below, opens with a black screen and the words: “On June 12, 2016, a gunman killed 49 people and injured 53 others inside Pulse, an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on Latin night.
“It was both the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman and the deadliest incident of violence against LGBTQ people in U.S. history. The victims live on in our memory…. These are their names. These are their stories.”
Lady GaGa then kicks off the list of those who perished in the massacre by offering details about 27-year-old Jean Carlos Nieves Rodriguez, the manager of a cheque-cashing store.
Pine picks up the video, followed by Cuba Gooding, Jr, and Connie Britton. The film also features Jane Fonda, Lea Michele, Sofia Vergara, Chaz Bono, Evan Rachel Wood.
Meanwhile, Gaga may be banned from visiting or performing in China after her recent meeting with the Dalai Lama.
Gaga and the Tibetan Buddhist leader met to discuss mental health and tragedy, with the conversation broadcast on Facebook Live, following the 84th annual Conference of Mayors in Indianapolis, at which both gave speeches. China and the Dalai Lama have long been at odds with one another, following the latter’s exile from Chinese-ruled Tibet in 1959. The Dalai Lama has called for Tibetan independence ever since.
Following the meeting, the Communist party’s propaganda department reportedly issued “an important instruction” banning Gaga from mainland China.