Leaders condemn violence after massacre at Club Q in Colorado Springs

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Local and national leaders took to social media on Sunday to condemn violence against LGBTQIA+ people. Colorado Springs nightclub shooting Authorities said five people were killed and more than 18 injured.

The shooting occurred on the eve of Transgender Day, a holiday that honors lives lost to anti-transgender violence. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday at Harvey Milk Plaza (corner of Castro and Market streets) in memory of the victims of the Colorado Springs shooting.

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Interim Director of San Francisco Pride, Suzanne Forde, shared a detailed statement with KRON4.

Today is Transgender Remembrance Day. A day to honor the lives and memories of trans people lost to senseless violence. Instead, we mourn the loss of yet another hate crime against our community.

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The Transgender Law Center stressed the importance of the violence on the eve of Transgender Remembrance Day, saying, “Let our grief be another form of love for those who have been taken from us this year. We grieve to remember their memories and piece together the beautiful parts of their lives.Our family.You will always mean the world to us.”

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California Congressman Matt Haney said: on Twitter“Love and solidarity with trans people every day. Dangerous and hateful politicians are stepping up attacks on trans people, disenfranchising them and putting them at risk of direct violence. We face that hate.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Issues Statement on her website about the incident.

Americans were awakened this morning to horrifying news: a brutal attack on an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs. It is heartbreaking to see so many more people slaughtered and injured or permanently traumatized.

The attack on Club Q on the eve of Transgender Day was despicable and further shattered the sense of security of LGBTQ Americans across the country. Democrats are taking important steps to combat gun violence in Congress right now, but this deadly attack is a challenge to our conscience and we must keep fighting to do more. It reminds me of

Thank you to the brave people who stopped the shooter and to the brave first responders on the ground. And may it be a comfort to the Colorado Springs community.

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Auckland Mayoral Candidate Sheng Thao shared on Twitter: Such brazen acts of violence have been tolerated for far too long, but it is unacceptable that Congress has not taken bold action against gun violence and the growing hate in our country. ”

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California Senator Scott Weiner shared his thoughts on Twitter He added, “The killing of LGBTQ people at Club Q was not an isolated occurrence. The right wing is fueling hatred and violence against LGBTQ people — Calling men pedophiles, anti-LGBTQ rhetoric has implications.”

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California Governor Gavin Newsom’s office released a statement regarding the shooting.

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Equality California issued the following statement: Hateful anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric + lack of common sense gun safety laws will continue to fuel this violence as long as politicians refuse to take action. Our hearts go out to the families of the victims and those affected. ”

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President Biden was one of the first to post on Twitter. The President also issued a detailed statement included below.

While the motive for this attack is not yet clear, what we do know is that the LGBTQI+ community has been subjected to horrific hate violence in recent years. Gun violence continues to have a devastating and disparate impact on LGBTQI+ communities across the country, and the threat of violence is on the rise. We saw it in Orlando 6 years before him. That’s when our country suffered the worst attack in American history that affected the LGBTQI+ community. We continue to see it in the epidemic of violence and murder against trans women, especially trans women of color. And tragically, we saw it last night in this devastating attack by a long rifle-wielding gunman at her LGBTQI+ nightclub in Colorado Springs.
A safe place of acceptance and celebration should never be transformed into a place of fear and violence. But it happens too often. We must eradicate the inequalities that contribute to violence against LGBTQI+ people. We cannot and must not tolerate hatred.
Today, yet another community in America is being torn apart by gun violence. Many families left empty chairs at their tables, leaving holes in their lives that could not be filled. When do you decide enough is enough? We must address the public health epidemic of all forms of gun violence. Earlier this year, I signed into the most significant gun safety legislation in almost 30 years, among other historic actions. But we have to do more. To get weapons of war from the streets of America, a ban on assault weapons must be enacted.
Today Jill and I are praying for the families of the five people killed last night in Colorado Springs and for those injured in this senseless attack.

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