Panic! At The Disco, PVRIS And More Show Their Support For Orlando Shooting Victims
Following the horrific attacks in Orlando that left at least 50 people dead, when a Florida man took hostages and opened fire at the Pulse nightclub – which later resulted in the shooter dying in a shootout with police officers – a number of artists and bands from around the world have taken the internet by storm to show their support in various ways.
Makeup artist Jeffree Star – who has a huge following on social media and is most known for his music and booming makeup brand – donated $20,000, which is listed on the page as the largest donation as of Sunday afternoon.
American emo band You Blew It! dropped a five-track EP of demos and rarities called Pulse. The EP is currently streaming on BandCamp and is available for purchase via name-your-price donation. All dollarydoos will go to the Centre Orlando, an LGBT centre that is providing counselling for those effected by the shooting.
After the incident, Orlando was reaching out for blood donations to help victims. Panic! At The Disco (who are currently on tour with Weezer) jumped in almost instantly and joined forces with OneBlood to organise a blood drive before their show in Miami.
Alt-pop act PVRIS – of whom frontwoman Lynn Gunn is no stranger to speaking openly about her sexuality – recently released a one-off limited edition t-shirt, which would see all profits being donated towards victims. The funds will be directly transferred into the GoFundMe set up by Florida’s LGBT Organisation, Equality Florida. The design sold out within hours, however those who were not able to purchase a shirt can make donations via the Pulse Victim Fund.
Additionally, a number of smaller bands from around the world – including American metallers The Human Experiment and Australian rockers We Are Servants – contributed to showing support through donations, awareness, or simply a couple of powerful and kind words that the public desperately needed.
We Are Servants bassist Chloe Townsend personally commented on the incident stating, “It really affected me. As a big supporter of equality & everything I stand for in my personal goals, it really hit close to home. I was in tears. My main goal as a musician is to reach to kids like me, let them know they’re not alone, it’s okay to be gay & you don’t have to be scared. Or try and change yourself to fit a stereotype.”