Our thoughts and concerns are with the individuals families, friends, and community impacted by this senseless act at Club Q in Colorado Springs, CO–we mourn the lives lost.
From the Pulse shooting to youth suicides and anti-trans violence across the country, our community has suffered terribly as a result of our nation’s imperfect laws aimed at curtailing gun violence. In 2022 there have been over 600 reported mass shootings in the United States.
“The news coming out of Colorado is saddening and deeply troubling; while we do not have all the details of what has transpired the LGBTQ+/queer community only need flash back six years ago when we were waking up to reports of the Pulse Night Club shooting that took 49 lives, left 53 wounded, and changed countless lives—which, at the time, was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history” said Densil Porteous, Stonewall Columbus’ Executive Director
Gun violence has taken an enormous toll on the LGBTQ+ community; this moment is reminder gun violence is not only a queer community issues–it is a U.S. public health crisis.
- Five people were killed and more than a dozen others were injured
- The suspect, identified as 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich
- At least 5 people killed, 18 injured in shooting at LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs – CNN
- Colorado club shooting updates: Suspect named after 5 dead, more than a dozen injured at LGBTQ nightclub – ABC News
- 5 dead after shooting at Colorado Springs LGBTQ club late Saturday night – CPR News
- Gun Violence Prevention – HRC Foundation