Nick Jonas Speaks at Stonewall Vigil for Orlando

By Hayden Wright

Following the weekend’s tragic events in Orlando which killed 49 and wounded 53 patrons in the Pulse gay club, LGBT New Yorkers and allies gathered outside the Stonewall Inn for a peaceful vigil. Nick Jonas, who has endeared himself to gay audiences in recent years, delivered an emotional speech about the importance of tolerance and acceptance across differences.

Related: Nick Jonas Discusses Prince’s Influence on his Music

“More than anything, I just want to speak from the heart and say I woke up yesterday to the news, like all of you, and my heart broke,” Jonas said, according to EW.

“I grew up here in New York City and New Jersey, performing on Broadway shows, surrounded by some of my closest friends from the LGBT community,” he added. “My father, a minister from New Jersey, shaped my view that love is love, that we are all equal. That no matter who you are, or where you’re from, or where you’re going in life, you have the right to love and be loved. So yesterday, thinking about the families of the victims and the lives lost, I just thought that could be my friend. That could be my people.”

Titus Burgess of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt also spoke and sang “Somewhere,” from West Side Story.

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