Howard Brown Health Statement and Resources Concerning Colorado Springs Massacre
Over the weekend as our communities commemorated Transgender Day of Remembrance, we were devastated to learn of the mass shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs. Our hearts go out to the friends and families of the victims and all those affected by this horrific act of violence. Yet again, we are mourning senseless loss of life fueled by anti-LGBTQ+ hate. Over the past year, there has been a dramatic escalation of discriminatory legislation and hateful rhetoric targeting LGBTQ+ communities. This repeated demonization of our communities results in targeted anti-LGBTQ+ hate crimes and violence, and it must end. We urge our elected officials and government leaders to stand with us in fighting discriminatory legislation and rebuking transphobic and homophobic fearmongering in the strongest possible terms. We stand united with LGBTQ+ people in Colorado Springs and across the nation in mourning the victims and calling for urgent action to address anti-LGBTQ+ hate.
We know that members of our community may be experiencing increased physical and emotional stress and trauma. No one should have to fear violence based on hate and extremism, especially in our queer safe spaces. Below are resources for community members to help grieve and process this tragedy, support the victims, and take action against LGBTQ+ hate.
Resources and Support:
Take action against discriminatory legislation and hate:
Wren O’Kelley, Associate Director of Communications and Marketing