In the wake of the horrific tragedy that took place at a queer club in Colorado Springs late Saturday night, taking the lives of at least 5 people and injuring 25, people from all over the world are sending thoughtful messages of support to the victims and their families.
See just a small snapshot of what celebrities and politicians had to say to the victims at Club Q and the LGBTQ community at large in the days following the attack:
President Joe Biden
Jill and I are praying for the families of the five people killed in Colorado Springs, and for those injured in this senseless attack.
While no motive in this attack is yet clear, we know that gun violence has a particular impact on LGBTQI+ communities across our nation.
— President Biden (@POTUS) November 20, 2022
Beyoncé via BeyGood
Cameron took her support one step further and dedicated her American Music Award to the LGBTQ community, live on national television. In her acceptance speech, she thanks the queer community for providing her a safe space and states “On the heels of the tragedy that happened at ClubQ in Colorado Springs, I want to remind everyone how important queer visibility is and how important our community is.”
I’m heartbroken for everyone grieving in Colorado Springs today. It’s horrifying and unacceptable to see hate against LGBTQ+ people fester in our communities. We must all call it out when we see it and help stop its spread.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 20, 2022
This is another sick morning in America. Praying for everyone who was in Club Q last night, and their families.
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) November 20, 2022
My heart breaks for the victims and their families and so grateful for the patron HEROES who subdued the murderer and may have saved multiple lives.
We stand with you. https://t.co/FXCvN77nTg
— Wilson Cruz (@wcruz73) November 20, 2022
The violent news from Colorado Springs is sickening and heartbreaking – the more so because there is a pattern.
We can not, will not, allow hate to win. We must end this in our time. No rest until all of us, including all of us in the LGBTQ+ community, can be, and feel, safe.
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) November 20, 2022
Today is #TransDayofRemembrance when we honor and remember trans lives taken by violence. How horrifying that a deadly attack upon the LGBTQ+ community in Colorado Springs should occur right before this solemn day.
Hate isn’t born in us. It is taught. It must end.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) November 20, 2022
Rep. Nydia Velazquez
Every GOP politician spewing anti-LGBTQ rhetoric bears responsibility for the Colorado Springs shooting.
Every GOP politician who says that guns aren’t the problem bears responsibility for the Colorado Springs shooting.
— Rep. Nydia Velazquez (@NydiaVelazquez) November 20, 2022
— MAREN MORRIS (@MarenMorris) November 21, 2022
Other celebrities who took to social media to express their solidarity include Billy Porter, Kyle Richards, Hilarie Burton Morgan, and Jeffrey Wright to name a few.
The ongoing violence against the LGBTQ community can be directly traced back to the false and hateful rhetoric spreading rampantly by extremists on social media, resulting in over 300 anti-LGBTQ bills being introduced in the past year. Speaking up on behalf of the community and urging elected officials to prioritize safety is how we can create real change.
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