In a new video from Teen Vogue, celebrities of diverse backgrounds like Raven-Symoné and actress Debby Ryan share recorded messages about what makes them proud of who they are. The messages were recorded in honor of the 49 fatal victims of the June 12 Orlando mass shooting at Pulse, an LGBT nightclub.
“Being a female makes me proud. Being a part of the LGBT community makes me proud,” says Symoné. “Being a daughter makes me proud. And being a human being on this earth sometimes makes me proud, but most of the time it does. And having the ability to love.”
YouTube star Connor Franta, Tyler Ford and rugby player Keegan Hirst also share messages.
“I just got home from a vigil in the street and as horrible and as sad as the last few days have been with the shooting in Orlando, it was so uplifting to be in the street with so many people and see so many people gathered around to mourn the victims,” says Olympic freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy.
“I just feel proud to be a part of the LGBTQ community,” Kenworthy adds. “And it was really just a beautiful moment I got to witness in spite of everything… We won’t be silenced.”
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Adds Teen Wolf actor Charlie Carver, “Young people make me proud right now. I feel like there’s a really noble effort among young people especially to learn about different identities and to try and treat other people with respect.”
Dancing with the Stars Mirror Ball champion Nyle DiMarco participates as well, signing a message about his “deaf identity.”
“With my identity, I’m able to succeed in whatever I want to do in life,” he explains. “It is important for you to embrace your own identity and the rest of your life will be just right!”