FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – NOVEMBER 21, 2022
Capitol LGBTQ Association Responds to Tragic Fatal Shooting at LGBTQ+ Nightclub in Colorado Springs
The Capitol LGBTQ Association (CQA) is heartbroken yet enraged in response to the mass shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in which five people were killed and more injured.
This event occurred minutes before the start of Transgender Day of Remembrance, a time when our community was meant to mourn, cherish, and celebrate the lives of our trans siblings that have tragically been lost. That the shooter chose to attack our community at a time of such significance makes this cruel and calculated act even more terrifying.
CQA mourns with our community, the victims, survivors, their families, friends, and wider LGBTQ+ community. But we cannot and will not let hate win. We will not let our pain perpetuate the victimization that the killer intended to cause.
These increased acts of hate are happening towards not only the LGBTQ+ community, but against Black, Latinx, Asian Pacific Islander, Indigenous, Jewish, and other marginalized communities. We are not alone in our pain, nor should we be alone in demanding action and results.
The time for thoughts and prayers are over. CQA will continue its mission in supporting our members and strengthening their professional advancement to ensure we bring the leadership and policy change our communities deserve.