By Alexandra Booth, frank social media strategist
How the Arts Responded to the Orlando Shooting
Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda and James Corden Pay Tribute To Orlando At The Tony Awards
Broadway stars honored the victims of the Orlando shooting at the Tony awards. While accepting the award for best score for the Broadway play Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda recited a sonnet he wrote about the Orlando tragedy. “Love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love; Cannot be killed or swept aside.”
Over 60 of Your Favorite Broadway Stars Recorded a Song for Orlando and It Is Breathtaking
60 Broadway stars came together to pay tribute to the Orlando victims by singing a rendition of “What The World Needs Now Is Love.” The ensemble included Broadway legends like Bernadette Peters and Audra McDonald, along with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sara Bareilles, Sean Hayes, Matthew Broderick and Carole King. All of the proceeds from the song will go to the LGBT Community Center of Central Florida.
What You Can Do
4 Ways to Protest the Blood Ban on Queer Men and Still Fill a Dire Need
In the aftermath of the Orlando shooting, the public was urged to donate blood to the surviving victims. People lined the streets to donate. However, people on social media pointed out that the queer friends and partners of the victims couldn’t help due to a ban on gay men donating blood. Despite this ban, there are other ways to help, like asking people to donate on your behalf, volunteering at a blood drive, and supporting organizations working to lift the blood ban.
Dancing is a Safe Haven for the LGBT Community
Only When I’m Dancing Can I Feel This Free
LGBT Advocates have pointed out the importance of dance clubs like Pulse for their community. Dancing creates a feeling of security and fellowship for queer men and women. It allows them to lose themselves in the music, feel good and connect with their community.