'Hands' lyric video is released on one month anniversary of Orlando massacre

July 12, 2016

On the one month anniversary of the Orlando massacre, GLAAD and Interscope records today released a moving lyric video to accompany 'Hands,' the Orlando tribute song released last week. The video features a bevy of YouTube stars, as well as survivors of the attack and victims of gun violence from across the country, who traveled to Orlando with GLAAD in the wake of the tragedy to stand in solidarity with the victims, survivors and families. The video concludes with a call to action to accelerate acceptance and end hate at glaad.org/accept.

Check it out below:

"The video for 'Hands' adds even more emotion and power to the song's poignant lyrics," said Zeke Stokes, GLAAD's Vice President of Programs. "The tragedy in Orlando deeply shook everyone in the LGBT community, and this video shows a diverse array YouTubers united to pay tribute to the lives lost."

'Hands' is available now for digital download via iTunes.

Participating YouTubers include, in the order of appearance:

  • Connor Franta
  • Mitch Grassi
  • Toby Randall
  • Lucas Cruikshank
  • Pablo Vlogs
  • Missesmae
  • Nina and Randa
  • Kingsley
  • Skylar Kergil
  • Nicola Foti
  • PatrickStarrr
  • Sam Tsui
  • Trevor Moran
  • Rebecca Black
  • Gigi Gorgeous
  • Jack Merridew
  • Mariale Marrero
  • Raymond Braun
  • Lia Marie Johnson
  • Us The Duo
  • Trans Chorus of L.A.
  • Luan Palomera
  • Austin and Aaron Rhodes
  • Zuri Hall
  • Michael Buckley
  • Amymaire Gaertner
  • Manny Mua
  • Jake Roper
  • Bradlee Wannemacher
  • Travis Bryant
  • Scott Hoying

In addition, three survivors of the Orlando attack - Patience Carter, Tiara Parker, and Angel Anthony Santiago - are featured in images created from their hospital rooms and following release. The video also features still footage of the families of gun violence victims and survivors from across the nation visiting the scene of the makeshift Orlando memorial in the days after the attack in order to send a message of solidarity and support.

Less than a week into its release, 'Hands' has already landed atop the Argentina and Brazil iTunes charts and has made its way onto the charts in another 37 countries around the globe, according to figures available at worldhit.net and kworb.net

The song "Hands" features Mary J Blige, Jason Derulo, Tyler Glenn, Selena Gomez, Halsey, Ty Herndon, Imagine Dragons, Juanes, Adam Lambert, Mary Lambert, Jennifer Lopez, the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, Kacey Musgraves, MNEK, Alex Newell, P!nk, Prince Royce, Nate Ruess, RuPaul, Troye Sivan, Jussie Smollett, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, and Meghan Trainor. It was written by Justin Tranter, Julia Michaels, and  BloodPop® and produced by  BloodPop®, Mark Ronson, and Justin Tranter.

“Hands” is available now for digital download via iTunes. 

The tribute is available in the U.S. at iTunes exclusively. Proceeds from the sale of the new tribute single will benefit Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund, the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida, and GLAAD.

Video credits:

Director: Christiana Divona, Lexi Opper, Spencer Moya 
Producer: Christiana Divona, Lexi Opper, Spencer Moya, Waterproof Pictures
Production Company: Waterproof Pictures