Pride Groove of the Day/Various Artists/”Hands”(A Song For Orlando)

Today just isn’t a sad day for the LGBTQ community, but for all of us as one year ago today we lost 49 of our brothers and sisters in the deadliest mass shooting in American history that occurred at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, which also injured 58 others. 

If you’ll also remember, it was right around this time that nearly two-dozen entertainers including Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, Meghan Trainor, Juanes, Pink and Britney Spears came together to record “Hands,” a powerful ballad in which funds from the charity project went directly to benefit the families affected during the shooting and also helped cover medical costs and counseling efforts for those in need. 

Written by incredible songwriter Justin Tranter (Adele, Kelly Clarkson), as well as Julia Michaels, BloodPop, with production by Mark Ronson, “Hands” not only sends all of our rainbow love and beyond to those we lost during that horrific night, but it also sends the message that hatred and resentment will never, ever, ever god dam win…and it’s up to us to make that happen. 

Of course, another goal in mind with “Hands” is that Tranter wanted to make sure that everyone wouldn’t forget that this wasn’t just an attack on the LGBTQ community, but one of color being that the massacre took place during Pulse’s popular Latin Night. “I’m not educated enough to speak on the political details,” Tranter spilled to Billboard last year (which you can read more of right here), ‘I’m a songwriter, not a politician. It could have been a million things but clearly, 100 percent, this was an attack on the LGBT community and people of color.”

With that being said, today also kicks off Philly’s Gay Pride week……so before you plot out who to throw shade at, block on social media, which bars you plan on getting wasted at this weekend and plan your truly meaningless headless torso photo shoot to update your gay “dating”apps, take a moment to please, please remember what it’s all about here….the fight to end the fucking hate that seems to be never-ending these days. 

So, respect ya damn life, others and the great ones we lost on June 12th, it’s the only way we’re gonna get shit done around here.

Let’s rainbow. 

Cover photo courtesy of Miami Herald

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