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Club Q Shooting One Year Later

“We commit to honoring those stolen with action – with a fight for a world free of the threat of violence simply for being who we are.” – HRC President Kelley Robinson.

Washington, DC-(ENEWSPF)- One year ago, a shooter took the lives of the five people killed in the deadly attack on Club Q. This nightclub served the local LGBTQ+ community in Colorado Springs. The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, remembers the five killed and twenty-five injured. One year ago. This was a horrific shooting.

The commemoration comes amidst an ongoing state of emergency for LGBTQ+ communities across the country, escalating hate-based violence against LGBTQ+ and allied people, and one day before the release of the organization’s annual Fatal Violence Report, which shines a light on transgender and gender non-conforming people killed by violent means over the past year.

Our Hearts Still Ache for Those Killed at Club Q

“Our hearts still ache from the horrific act of violence carried out against the Club Q community a year ago,” said Human Rights Campaign President Kelley Robinson. “Hate is dangerous, armed hate is deadly, and militarized hate is a public health crisis. We are living in a state of emergency, and as dehumanizing rhetoric and deadly violence escalate against LGBTQ+ people across the country , we are called on to disarm and defeat hate. Too many of those we love have been stolen from us by unbridled hatred and easy access to guns in America. Our hearts are with all those affected by the deadly shooting at Club Q last year, and we commit to honoring those stolen with action – with a fight for a world free of the threat of violence simply for being who we are.”

The remembrance also comes at the close of Transgender Awareness Week and Transgender Day of Remembrance. This is an annual observance of transgender and gender non-conforming people murdered because of hate. Since 2013, acts of fatal violence have killed at least 334 transgender and gender non-conforming people. Of those, guns killed nearly 70%. That number rises to over 75% for Black transgender women.

Club Q shooting survivor, James Slaugh, testifies on rise of anti-LGBTQ extremism, Photo Date: 12/14/2022
Club Q shooting survivor, James Slaugh, testifies on the rise of anti-LGBTQ extremism, Photo Date: 12/14/2022 (Credit: CBS News / YouTube)

In 2021, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the education arm of the nation’s largest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, partnered with Everytown For Gun Safety Support Fund, Giffords Law Center, and Equality Florida Institute to produce the Remembering and Honoring Pulse Report. This resource highlights the intersections between gun violence and the LGBTQ+ community. Its findings show that due to the community’s elevated risk of bias-motivated violence, intimate partner violence, and suicide, gun violence has a disproportionate impact on LGBTQ+ people in America.

The Human Rights Campaign has joined partners and advocates in the gun safety movement in calling for common sense gun violence prevention measures, including expanded, universal background checks, limiting the ability for those with a history of domestic abuse to access firearms, appropriate funding for the Centers for Disease Control and National Institutes of Health to research gun violence, and a ban on assault weapons, high-capacity magazines, and “bump stocks,” which are attachments for semi-automatic weapons that increase firing speed, effectively simulating the abilities of a fully automatic weapon or machine gun.

This is news from the Human Rights Campaign.