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Five people were shot dead and at least twenty-five others were injured when a gunman entered an LGBTQ+ nightclub in Colorado Springs at around midnight on Saturday 19th November. Further fatalities were prevented by the brave actions of at least two patrons, who were able to grab the attacker’s gun and pin him down until the police arrived. The 22-year-old remains in custody and the motive is still unclear.

The shooting took place at Club Q after a drag event hosted by performer Del Lusional, which was followed by a DJ scheduled to play until 2am. Two victims have so far been formally identified: Derrek Rump, a drag performer and bartender at the venue; and Daniel Davis Aston, a 28-year-old trans man who also worked behind the bar at Club Q, which had a brunch to mark Transgender Day of Remembrance planned for the following day.

The attack comes six years since a gunman killed 49 people and injured 53 more at Pulse, an LGBTQ+ nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Tributes have been paid by Jared Polis, the current governor of Colorado who was the first gay man to be elected as governor of a US state, and President Joe Biden, who said “Places that are supposed to be safe spaces of acceptance and celebration should never be turned into places of terror and violence. Yet it happens far too often. We must drive out the inequities that contribute to violence against LGBTQI+ people. We cannot and must not tolerate hate.”

We are sickened that this type of attack, as with any attack, on our LGBTQ+ community, has happened again. We send our love to those affected and condolences to the friends and family of those who have died or been injured.

Colorado Healing Fund, an organisation set up in 2018 to raise funds for local communities in the event of mass tragedies, has been activated to respond to the shooting and it’s possible to donate here.

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