Stop the Hate: 49 Celebrities Honor 49 Victims of Orlando Tragedy
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. On June 12, forty-nine 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. Join the Human Rights Campaign and urge your legislator to
support legislation that will ensure LGBTQ people are safe and equal
in every community and find out how to support the survivors and
families of the Orlando victims. Learn more at
Special thanks to Ryan Murphy, Ned Martel and their colleagues at Ryan
Murphy Television for making this project possible and all of our
friends in the entertainment community for their support of this
project including (in order of appearance) Lady Gaga, Chris Pine, Cuba
Gooding Jr., Connie Britton, Matt Bomer, Sarah Paulson, Angela
Bassett, Lea Michele, Colton Haynes, Sophia Bush, Jane Fonda, Harry
Shum Jr., Denis O'Hare, Rob Reiner, Melissa Benoist, Caitlyn Jenner,
Édgar Ramírez, Max Greenfield, Chaz Bono, Cheyenne Jackson, Emma
Roberts, Kerry Washington, George Lopez, Evan Rachel Wood, Sofia
Vergara, Diego Boneta, Nina Jacobson, Demi Lovato, Tyler Oakley,
Yeardley Smith, Kid Cudi, Kaitlin Olson, Kevin McHale, Jamie Lee
Curtis, Lee Daniels, Chace Crawford, Evan Peters, Gerard Butler, Katey
Sagal, John Stamos, Laverne Cox, Jordana Brewster, Wes Bentley, Finn
Wittrock, Darren Criss, Kathy Bates, Anna Paquin, Guillermo Díaz and
for too long, a toxic combination of anti-LGBTQ+ hate & easy access to guns has put LGBTQ+ people at disproportionate risk of violence & murder. on June 12, forty-nine 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, & I’m proud/humbled/honored to be part of Ryan Murphy’s tribute to their stories. i hope you’ll take a moment to watch & take action. join me & the Human Rights Campaign & urge your legislator to support legislation that will ensure LGBTQ+ people are safe and equal in every community.
On August 12th, Esrail Britton, a nineteen-year-old St. Louis native, was in Ferguson protesting Mike Brown’s murder. At about 1am that morning, Esrail was shot by a St. Louis County police officer three times. The officer claimed Esrail pointed a gun at him from five feet away; a gun with none of Esrail’s DNA or fingerprints was recovered far from the scene. Esrail was charged and released from jail on no bond; his judge determined that he was not in any way a threat to society and his health condition was so critical that the jail could not provide the care he needed. However, upon his release, the St. Louis County Police Union mounted an aggressive media campaign, saying they were “disgusted” with Esrail’s release.
A few weeks later, Esrail was put back in jail with a $200,000 cash-only bond. He has now been in jail for more than five months, has not been receiving proper medical care, and cannot move the shoulder in which he was shot, because he has not been allowed to attend physical therapy.
Earlier this week, Esrail’s lawyer got his bond reduced to $20,000 cash-only. The Justice for Mike Brown Legal Support Fund can contribute $6,000 toward Esrail’s bond, but we are still $14,000 short. Because this is an extremely severe situation, we–together with Esrail’s family–are asking members of the movement to help by contributing to this bail fund. If we cannot post bail for Esrail, he’ll be in jail until at least the end of the year, because his trial will not start until September at the earliest. Esrail’s father is a member of the carpenters’ union local 97; although he currently does not have the money to get Esrail out, he is offering to do carpentry for local folks in exchange for contributing to this fund. If you contribute to the fund and are interested in that, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.