Tony Awards: Orlando ribbon created to honor victims of mass shooting
The Tony Awards have created a ribbon to honor the memory of those killed in a mass shooting at an Orlando, Florida gay club early Sunday morning.
“The Theatre community stands in solidarity,” the Tonys’ official Twitter account posted Sunday, alongside a photo of the ribbon.
Earlier in the day, Tony Awards organizers announced the ceremony would be dedicated to the victims. “Our hearts are heavy for the unimaginable tragedy that happened last night in Orlando,” read a statement on the Tonys’ Twitter account. “Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those affected. The Tony Awards dedicate tonight’s ceremony to them.”
The attack on Pulse, an Orlando gay nightclub, left 50 people dead and 53 injured. “This is an especially heartbreaking day for all our friends — our fellow Americans — who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender,” President Barack Obama said in a speech on Sunday. “The shooter targeted a nightclub where people came together to be with friends, to dance and to sing, and to live. The place where they were attacked is more than a nightclub — it is a place of solidarity and empowerment where people have come together to raise awareness, to speak their minds, and to advocate for their civil rights.”
The 2016 Tonys air on CBS beginning at 8 p.m. ET. See the tweet below.