Elton John took a few moments out of his Liverpool show Tuesday night to honor the victims of Sunday’s shooting in Orlando, where a gunman killed 49 people at gay nightclub Pulse.
“When a horror like this massacre in Orlando comes along, great agony crashes across the world like a tsunami,” the musician said. “And great grief. We feel shocked, angry, and feel devastated inside for the victims and the loved ones who are mourning them.”
“What I find extraordinary and what really gives me strength and hope is that immediately behind that devastation came a different wave,” he continued. “A rainbow-colored wave of love, from Istanbul to Tel Aviv, from Sydney Opera House to the Eiffel Tower to the Empire State Building and the White House.”
“So tonight, while I would like to honor and mourn the LGBT community’s loss in Orlando and the loss of everyone who has been a victim of hate and stigma and dogma, I would like to say tonight we are winning the fight against prejudice,” John finished his statement. “The rainbow around the world tells me we can and we will win against these people.”
John is a major proponent of LGBTQ rights and in 1992 founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation, a nonprofit that raises money for HIV prevention, education, and support. At the Liverpool concert, he also mentioned how he’s been working with Lady Gaga on a Macy’s fashion line called Love Bravery that’s all about “having love to accept everyone for who they are, especially people who are different from you,” he said, “and the bravery to show it.”
Twenty-five percent of the proceeds from the line will go toward both John’s foundation and Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation. See the full collection here.