In an effort to cope with the tragic Orlando shooting at Pulse nightclub, 49 celebrities joined up to honor the 49 victims who did not survive. In this Human Rights Campaign tribute, directed by Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story), each star introduces the world to someone who was taken away far too soon.
This homage is to focus on love instead of hatred, choosing to ignore the shooter altogether and concentrate on what is most important.
The short begins by informing the audience of the horrific details of the massacre:
"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 memories.
These are their names.
These are their stories."
After introducing each of the fatally wounded victims, celebrities were edited together to share an important message of inciting change and not allowing hatred to win:
"It's time to stop the bleeding. Let's show the world that love conquers hate. [. . .] Join me and the Human Rights Campaign to demand common-sense laws to protect the LGBTQ community and all Americans from hate violence. [. . .] Love conquers hate.
Afterwards, text appears on the screen in the same manner as the introduction, begging viewers to help in their fight for action. The combination of discrimination and passive gun laws in the US has put members of the LGBT community at high risk:
Since the massacre, Congress has voted down common-sense gun safety laws... Four times.
Meanwhile, more than 200 bills targeting the LGBTQ community have been introduced in states this year. It will take all of us to change that.
Join us to demand action today.
The names of these 49 victims represented by these 49 celebs (in order of the video) are the following. To hear their stories and view their pictures, make sure to watch the video tribute.
- 1. Jean Carlos Nives Rodriguez (a.k.a. Big Teddy Bear), 27, By Lady Gaga
- 2. Stanley Almodovar III, 23, By Chris Pine
- 3. Deonka Deidra Drayton (a.k.a. Deedee), 32, By Cuba Gooding Jr.
- 4. Luis Daniel Conde, 39, By Connie Britton
- 5. Juan Pablo Rivera Velazquez, 37, By Matt Bomer
- 6. Javier Jorge-Reyes (a.k.a. Harvey George Kings), 40, By Sarah Paulson
- 7. Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33, By Angela Bassett
- 8. Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37, By Lea Michele
- 9. Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35, By Colton Haynes
- 10. Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21, By Sophia Bush
- 11. Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49, By Jane Fonda
- 12. Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24, By Harry Shum Jr.
- 13. Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50, By Denis O’Hare
- 14. Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25, By Rob Reiner
- 15. Jerald Arthur Wright, 31, By Melissa Benoist
- 16. Antonio Davon Brown, 29, By Caitlyn Jenner
- 17. Miguel Angel Honorato, 30, By Édgar Ramírez
- 18. Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25, By Max Greenfield
- 19. Kimberly J. Morris (a.k.a. K.J.), 37, By Chaz Bono
- 20. Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34, By Cheyenne Jackson
- 21. Frank Hernandez, 27, By Emma Roberts
- 22. Akyra Monet Murray, 18, By Kerry Washington
- 23. Joel Rayon Paniagua, 31, By George Lopez
- 24. Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24, By Evan Rachel Wood
- 25. Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24, By Sofia Vergara
- 26. Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez (a.k.a. Drake), 25, By Diego Boneta
- 27. Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25, By Nina Jacobson
- 28. Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26, By Demi Lovato
- 29. Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22, By Tyler Oakley
- 30. Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala (a.k.a. Rody), 33, By Yeardley Smith
- 31. Paul Terrell Henry, 41, By Kid Cudi
- 32. Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35, By Kaitlin Olson
- 33. Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25, By Kevin McHale
- 34. Amanda Alvear, 25, By Jamie Lee Curtis,
- 35. Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30, By Lee Daniels
- 36. Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28, By Chace Crawford
- 37. Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31, By Evan Peters
- 38. Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26, By Gerard Butler
- 39. Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19, By Katey Sagal
- 40. Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25, By John Stamos
- 41. Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25, By Laverne Cox
- 42. Darryl Roman Burt II, 29, By Jordana Brewster
- 43. Cory James Connell, 21, By Wes Bentley
- 44. Martin Benitez Torres, 33, By Finn Wittrock
- 45. Luis S. Vielma, 22, By Darren Criss
- 46. Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20, By Kathy Bates
- 47. Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36, By Anna Paquin
- 48. Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22, By Guillermo Díaz
- 49. Christopher Andrew Leinonen (a.k.a. Drew), 32, By Joe Mantello