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Red Carpet Fashion: 2016 Tony Awards

So yesterday was the largest mass shooting yet in the U.S., by far, with 50 killed and many more injured at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

I’m honestly reeling, and was in a daze for a while. I have friends in the LGBT community and I can’t even imagine what they’re going through.

If there was a bright spot–if there can be one at all–for a lot of people in the LGBT community and others on social media it was the Tony Awards, which celebrated love and inclusivity. Hamilton, of course, was the big winner. Here’s  Lin Manuel-Miranda’s acceptance speech: a sonnet dedicated to his wife, the Orlando victims, and love.

I’m obviously only marginally affected, and I’m still waiting to see Hamilton, but I follow a lot of theater geeks and LGBT+ folx online, and I’m glad to see that for a lot of people, the Tonys seemed to honor the tragedy and symbolize the irrepressible spirit of marginalized groups continuing to strive for inclusion and celebration.

I guess I should just get right into pics of nifty dresses, but I couldn’t do that without recognizing the spirit in which these nifty dresses were given: on a night of big wins for diversity and acceptance, for pride, and for love.

Akosua Busia

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Renee Elise Goldsberry

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Sophie Okenodo

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Pascale Armand

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Phillipa Soo

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Zainab Jah

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Lupita Nyong’o

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The man of the hour, Lin-Manuel Miranda and his wife Vanessa

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Laura Michelle Kelly

2016 Tony Awards - Arrivals

That’s a wrap, but if there’s one more reason to be hopeful, Mr. Rogers said to “Look for the helpers.” Considering that the biggest group of Muslims in America asked its members to give blood donations during Ramadan, when many are fasting…well, in the words of John Oliver, sometimes it’s nice to remember that the “dipshit terrorist” is outnumbered. Many more people will donate blood than take it.

 

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