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Watch Tituss Burgess Sing 'Somewhere' For Orlando Victims, Nick Jonas Address Stonewall Rally
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt actor Tituss Burgess sang a moving rendition of the West Side Story song "Somewhere" at a rally on Monday in memory of the victims of the mass shooting at the Orlando nightclub Pulse, which also featured an emotional speech from Nick Jonas.
"I have to tell you, being here and seeing all of your faces has comforted me in a way that I did not expect coming down here," Burgess told the crowd according to EW. "I am indeed Orlando, and in times like this, I find myself at a loss for what to do."
His soaring cover moved the crowd, which also heard from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who joined the hundreds gathered at the rally outside the historic New York LGBT landmark the Stonewall Inn.
Mayor Bill de Blasio told the crowd that inclusion and acceptance are the only path to peace.
Jonas also addressed the crowd about his feelings on the attack, which killed 49 and injured 53. "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."
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