Queer Spaces Have Never Been Safe — But We Will Continue To Create More

On Saturday night, a gunman opened fire with a rifle at the only queer club in Colorado Springs, killing five people and injuring several others. By many accounts, Club Q was a special place where the LGBTQ community and their allies gathered to drink, dance and be with one another. People at the club, including … Read more

LGBTQ+ advocates say hateful rhetoric has ramped up over the past year

DENVER — Sometimes in life, when there are not enough tears to cry or tributes to leave after a tragedy, all that is left are words. After the Club Q tragedy that left five people dead and 19 injured, words poured out of those touched by the tragedy at vigils from Denver to Colorado Springs. … Read more

34-year-old man arrested in Hell’s Kitchen gay bar serial vandalism

HELL’S KITCHEN, Manhattan (WABC) — A man was arrested in the serial vandalism of a gay bar in Hell’s Kitchen on Tuesday morning. Eyewitness News exclusively captured a man entering an unmarked police van after officers spent hours inside a Hell’s Kitchen apartment building where they believe he lives. Both incidents happened on the eve … Read more

LGBTQ lawmakers now make up 10% percent of California legislature

SACRAMENTO — While LGBTQ candidates and their supporters celebrated several milestone victories around the nation in this year’s midterm elections, California quietly reached its own: At least 10% of its state lawmakers identify publicly as LGBTQ, believed to be a first for any U.S. legislature. The California legislators, all Democrats, are proud of their success but say … Read more

Blinken calls FIFA’s “One Love” armband ban “concerning” as LGBTQ soccer fans lament “tarnished” World Cup

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken criticized a decision by international soccer’s governing body FIFA to threaten players at the World Cup with yellow cards for misconduct if they wear rainbow “One Love” armbands supporting inclusion and diversity. Speaking next to his Qatari counterpart on Tuesday, Blinken said “any restrictions on freedom of expression” were … Read more

Push-back against transphobia and homophobia shooting

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KDVR) — While investigators haven’t said what the motive could have been in the Club Q shooting, the suspect was arrested for five counts of bias-motivated crimes. Members of the LGBTQ+ community blame homophobic and transphobic rhetoric for fueling the violence. The Deputy Director of One Colorado Garrett Royer says this act … Read more

Dad who subdued shooter in Colorado LGBTQ nightclub speaks out:

A man who has been called a hero for helping subdue the suspect in the deadly Colorado Springs gay nightclub mass shooting has spoken out about what he experienced inside the venue.  Speaking outside his home, Richard Fierro, a military veteran, told reporters that his wife and daughter were with him during the shooting at Club Q. … Read more

East Bay deacon under fire over anti-LGBT tweet following Club Q shooting

LIVERMORE — A Livermore deacon is under fire over an offensive tweet he posted over the weekend in which he called members of the LGBTQ+ community “gravely disordered”. The tweet, posted Sunday night from the personal account of deacon Rob Federle of St. Michael Catholic Church, came the day after a mass shooting occurred at … Read more

What We Know About The Colorado Springs Club Q Shooter

Police and reporters are beginning to learn more about the suspect in the mass shooting at Club Q, a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, on Saturday night that left at least five people dead and many more injured. Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, faces five murder charges and five hate crime charges, The Associated Press first … Read more

What we know about the Colorado Springs shooting victims

Two bartenders were among the five people killed in a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs on Saturday, family and friends have confirmed. Police have not yet confirmed the names of anyone who was fatally shot, but as witnesses begin to speak out alongside family and loved ones, details about the victims … Read more