McCartney on stage in Berlin

After the June 11 mass shooting attack at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, both Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have publicly expressed their solidarity with the victims. This isn’t a surprise, but it’s a welcome reminder that in this time when so many seem driven by fear and hatred of those who are different, there are still prominent voices speaking of the power of love and connection.

At his June 14 show in Berlin, McCartney emerged for an encore wearing a large rainbow flag and declared “We stand together with Orlando.”

And in an interview on June 13, Starr expressed sorrow and confusion about the attack and said what he wants for his birthday on July 7 is for more powerful wishes for “peace and love.” Definitely something we could all use right now.