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Out Boulder County Statement on Club Q Shooting in Colorado Springs

Out Boulder County Statement on Club Q Shooting in Colorado Springs


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Out Boulder County Statement on

Club Q Shooting in Colorado Springs

Boulder County, Colorado, November 20, 2022

Statement may be attributed to Mardi Moore, Executive Director of Out Boulder County

Last night at Club Q in Colorado Springs, five members of the LGBTQ community were murdered and 18 more were wounded. We do not yet know the identities or backgrounds of those that were murdered, but we do know that they leave behind friends, partners, and both chosen family and family of origin. Our hearts are broken for the lives that were lost, those they leave behind, and the entire LGBTQ community.

While we are no stranger to violence, each time this happens it sends devastating ripples throughout our entire community. We grieve together when one of our LGBTQ siblings is taken from us by violence. We fear for our own safety and the safety of those we know and love. We are angry when anyone is killed because of who we are or who we love, and we lament that political attacks on our community embolden hate and make us all less safe. We rage because this happens far too often, and the toll that hatred and violence takes on our community is far too high.

Out Boulder County remains committed to improving the lives of LGBTQ people while they are living, fighting like hell to keep them alive, and grieving for those we lose.

Background

Out Boulder County’s Equality Center of the Rocky Mountains will open today, November 20, at 1PM to provide a space for the community to gather. Mental health support will also be available.

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day designated to commemorate the lives lost each year due to transphobia. We are hosting a community ceremony that the public is invited to attend to support one another and grieve together. We will be grieving for those lost in the shooting as well as the trans people who have been murdered in the past year. We ask that if members of the press plan to attend that you contact Mardi Moore, Executive Director of Out Boulder County, or Bruce Parker, Deputy Director of Out Boulder County, in advance. Any photos of attendees will need consent as protecting the privacy of attendees is a high priority.

Details Below:

Trans Day of Remembrance

Date/Time: 11/20/2022 at 6:30PM

Location:  Equality Center of the Rocky Mountains

3340 Mitchell Ln.

Boulder, CO 80301

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About Out Boulder County

Working independently and in collaboration, we facilitate connection, advocacy, education, research and programs to ensure LGBTQ+ people and communities thrive in Boulder County and beyond. www.outboulder.org

Media Contacts:

Mardi Moore, Executive Director, Out Boulder County

Phone: 720-346-1836, Email: mmoore@outboulder.org

Bruce Parker, Deputy Director, Out Boulder County

Mobile Phone: 225-588-7673, Email: bparker@outboulder.org

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Shavonne Blades grew up on the West Coast but moved to Colorado in High School. She left for California after school and returned to Colorado in 1990. She got her start in media at the age of 21 in Santa Cruz, California as an advertising sales rep. Having no experience and nothing more than a couple of years as an art college attendee she felt the bug to work in media at a young age. She learned that by helping her customers with design and marketing, their campaigns would be far more successful and has made a 30+ year career in design, copywriting, and marketing for her clients. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPy4MMdcfLg. She has always chosen to work in Independent Media and believes deeply in the need for true, authentic Community Journalism. She is proud that YS has never compromised journalism standards in its 20+ history and continues to print YS on paper monthly while also expanding web coverage. She has worked at 3 Alternative Weeklies and founded Yellow Scene Magazine in 2000. You can learn more about Shavonne's adventures in the YS 20th Anniversary issue: https://yellowscene.com/2020/10/08/the-yellow-scenes-red-tornado/

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