Last night’s shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, was the deadliest in United States history. The death toll currently stands at 50 — including the gunman, whom multiple outlets have identified as Omar Mateen — with at least 53 others injured.
From “Orange Is the New Black” star Lea DeLaria to Rosario Dawson and Dustin Lance Black, many in the LGBT and independent-film communities have expressed their sadness, disbelief and frustration online:
Feeling sick and nauseous about the shooting in Orlando. My heart breaks for the victims. Feeling outraged and helpless.
— Max Joseph (@maxjoseph) June 12, 2016
Very difficult to work this morning. My heart, my soul and my anger are in #Orlando.
— Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) June 12, 2016
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) June 12, 2016
— Rosario Dawson (@rosariodawson) June 12, 2016
They were people like you & me who just wanted to go out on a Saturday night and have a good time. Heartbreaking… https://t.co/xRGJDJ8OUO
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) June 12, 2016
Deeply moved that in the face of tragedy Orlando & Americans everywhere are coming together to give blood, love & support.This is who we are
— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) June 12, 2016
Thinking about those in Orlando. What a disgusting, outrageous tragedy
— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) June 12, 2016
In NYC but I’m so sad to read of the #nightclub shooting in Orlando. Enough! My heart goes out to the victims and their families & friends.
Love, courage and pride to all my LGBT brothers and sisters, and especially everyone at @pulseorlando.
— James Adomian (@JAdomian) June 12, 2016
Update: In response, the Tony Awards have been dedicated to the shooting’s victims and ATX Festival has canceled a panel in which TV showrunners were set to discuss “to what extent the violence shown in their series is needed and appropriate to authentically tell their story.”