Last night, vigils were held across the country in solidarity with the victims of the Orlando shooting and their families. Among the artists present at The Stonewall Inn was Nick Jonas who delivered a moving speech. Noted recently for playing roles of the opposite orientation, the former Jonas Brother gave nothing but love and support to the LGBT community and shared his reaction to the tragic news.

“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. 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?

Continuing with his sentiment, he revealed that despite the fact he grew up in a religious household, he was always taught that love did not discriminate. Having friends in the LGBT community, the events this past weekend really hit home for him and he felt it on a personal level.

“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.”

Watch Nick Jonas’ full speech at The Stonewall Inn.

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