The 2016 Tony Awards will go down in history as a historic moment of grief and togetherness which happened so soon after the horrific tragedy of the Orlando massacre.

It was Lin-Manuel Miranda’s night, but it was also a night made heavy with the weight of so many lives lost.

On the same day when dozens were murdered for living their lives and celebrating their uniqueness, hundreds more came together to celebrate many of those same qualities. Remembering with a tear, the pain, but also defiantly celebrating the joy, many found comfort in watching the Tony Awards in all of its diversity and inclusion.

When it came time for Miranda to inevitably celebrate his triumph (and was there one surprised person in the room when his name was finally called?), the man who has had such an impact on American culture in one short year knew that more must be said than just “thank you.”

So he reached out, giving honor to the lives lost and reminding us all that like the love he has for his wife and child, love will once again conquer this hate.

“My wife’s the reason anything gets done
She nudges me towards promise by degrees
She is a perfect symphony of one
Our son is her most beautiful reprise.
We chase the melodies that seem to find us
Until they’re finished songs and start to play
When senseless acts of tragedy remind us
That nothing here is promised, not one day.
This show is proof that history remembers
We lived through times when hate and fear seemed stronger;
We rise and fall and light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer
And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside.
I sing Vanessa’s symphony, Eliza tells her story
Now fill the world with music, love and pride.”

“Love is love is love is love is love” he repeated while the crowd swelled.

At least we have love.



Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at