It’s been just over a month since the tragic shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub. With 49 dead and 53 wounded, it was the worst mass shooting in American history, particularly for the specific populations targeted in the attack–it was during a Latin Night at Pulse, which is a gay bar, and just preceding Pride weekend. The racially-charged nature of this hate crime on the queer community means the tragedy hit harder than could possibly be imagined.
Last night on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Jennifer Lopez and Lin Manuel Miranda, the creator of smash hit musical, Hamilton, performed “Love Make The World Go Round,” a song made in reaction to the Pulse tragedy. While both Jennifer Lopez and Lin Manuel Miranda, have both publicly and clearly stated that they are straight in the past, the intersectionality of this tragedy broadened its impact–not only is the queer community feeling its jolt, but also the Latin community.
Moreover, it’s clear that this tragedy has made it more urgent than ever to address homophobia, even for those whose identities are not directly challenged it. Proceeds from the song, “Love Make The World Go Round,” will be donated to the Hispanic Federation for the Somos Orlando Fund, an organization that provides counseling, legal assistance, as well as helping to cover basic needs for those affected by the event. Watch Miranda and Lopez’s performance below and donate to the fund directly here.