This past Saturday, just minutes before Transgender Day of Remembrance, a gunman opened fire in Club Q, a queer club in Colorado Springs. He killed five members of the queer community and injured twenty-five more.
Daniel Aston, Derrick Rump, Ashley Paugh, Raymond Green Vance, and Kelly Loving lost their lives. They lost their lives because of the lethal combination of homophobic sentiment and gun violence that has been allowed to foment in our country. This isn’t just an isolated hate crime - it is violence motivated by the transphobia and homophobia of political leaders such as Lauren Boebert, Mike Johnson, Ron DeSantis, and many more who have pushed violence into our country’s culture and laws over the past few years.
BC Law Lambda has nothing left to say that hasn’t already been said by other queer organizations across the country - we are devastated, heartbroken, and angry. Words are not enough.
If you would like to give actual, meaningful, and genuinely helpful support to the queer community, and are able to do so, please donate to the Club Q family as they grieve.
This is Club Q’s official donation site. Donated funds support Colorado Healing, which was created to help victims of mass violence deal with immediate and long term needs.
This GoFundMe was created by a former Club Q employee to provide medical and funeral expenses for the victims and their families.
Both of these donation sites have been verified.
Queer people cannot be alone in fighting for our lives. Reflect on what you do to serve, love, and protect LGBTQ+ people around you. We need to push our communities toward love and acceptance so that these tragedies do not occur.
Death sends shockwaves throughout communities. This is just the beginning of what needs to be done to end the avoidable and unnecessary deaths and injuries that occurred on Saturday.
BC Lambda Executive Board