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Celebrities honor Orlando victims in Ryan Murphy-produced tribute

49 celebrities tell stories about the 49 victims.


Alexandra Samuels


Posted on Jun 29, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 12:57 pm CDT

To honor the 49 victims who lost their lives in the Orlando mass shooting, the Human Rights Campaign released a special tribute video co-directed by Ryan Murphy

The 18-minute video features appearances from 49 actors, directors, and entertainers—including Lady Gaga, Sofia Vergara, Kid Cudi, Kerry Washington, Lea Michele, Caitlyn Jenner, and Chris Pine. Each celebrity recounts a story about a victim who lost their life at Pulse Nightclub. 

“For too long, a toxic combination of anti-LGBTQ hate and easy access to guns has put LGBTQ people at disproportionate risk of violence and murder,” the video’s description reads. “On June 12, 49 innocent people—most of them Latinx—were killed at Pulse nightclub in Orlando simply because of who they were. It’s on all of us to keep their memories alive, and to ensure part of their legacy becomes meaningful action to end hate violence.”

According to Entertainment Weekly, the project was filmed over the course of three days at Fox Studios in Los Angeles. 

HRC is encouraging viewers to urge their legislators to support laws that will ensure the safety of those who identify as LGTB. To learn more about how to take these steps, visit and

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*First Published: Jun 29, 2016, 4:24 pm CDT