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Musical Tribute Released Benefitting Victims and Families of Orlando Massacre

by our Editors in Media & entertainment , 22 augustus 2016

Last July, GLAAD and Interscope Records released “Hands,” a musical tribute to the victims of Orlando, featuring Mary J Blige, Jason Derulo, Tyler Glenn, Selena Gomez, Halsey, Ty Herndon, Imagine Dragons, Juanes, Adam Lambert, Mary Lambert, Jennifer Lopez, the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, Kacey Musgraves, MNEK, Alex Newell, P!nk, Prince Royce, Nate Ruess, RuPaul, Troye Sivan, Jussie Smollett, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, and Meghan Trainor. The tribute is available at iTunes exclusively.

Proceeds from the sale of the new tribute single in the United States will benefit Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund, the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida, and GLAAD.

“Orlando’s broken hearts have been lifted by the outpouring of love and support from people near and far,” said Equality Florida Executive Director Nadine Smith. “There has been beauty in the midst of our grief and we are grateful to these talented artists, producers, and GLAAD for helping us mourn and laugh and cry and sing together.”

“The horrific attack on the GLBT community in Orlando has left us devastated, but not defeated,” commented GLAAD’s Sarah Kate Ellis. “As we continue to mourn the crushing loss of forty-nine Americans, the majority of whom were Latin and whose lives were lost to hate, we stand resolved in paying tribute to their memory, supporting the victims and families, and working together to achieve full acceptance once and for all.”

“Hands” was written by Warner Chappell writers Justin Tranter and Julia Michaels. “The second I heard about this horrible tragedy where so many of my GLBTQ brothers and sisters lost their lives, I immediately got on a plane to Orlando to volunteer my help anyway I could,” said “Hands” writer and producer Justin Tranter.

“Putting this charity single together is just a way for me, and everyone involved to keep volunteering our help and promote peace and love in the world.”

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