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Silver State Equality Responds to Fatal Shooting at LGBTQ+ Nightclub in Colorado Springs
November 20, 2022 at 10:46 am

November 20, 2022

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LAS VEGAS — Today, Silver State Equality, Nevada’s statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, responded to overnight reports of a fatal shooting at Club Q, a nightclub serving the local LGBTQ+ community in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The club was honoring Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day set aside each November to honor the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in senseless acts of anti-transgender violence.

André Wade, state director of Silver State Equality, released the following statement:

“We are devastated by this tragic act of terror, which has reportedly claimed the lives of at least five LGBTQ+ people and allies and injured at least 18 others. We are grieving for the victims, and our hearts are broken for their friends, families, and the entire community. This tragedy has occurred as our community is observing Transgender Day of Remembrance.

“Despite recent advances, LGBTQ+ individuals still face widespread prejudice in communities across the country. Even if only for a few hours, places like Club Q feel like safe havens where individuals can escape the daily judgment and discrimination they face and be their true and authentic selves. It is heartbreaking to imagine these innocent people, some of them just kids, being targeted in the one place on earth where they may have felt free and safe.

“LGBTQ+ hate crimes are at an all-time high. Politicians’ reckless rhetoric toward trans people, which heightened over the past two years leading up to the past election, has only added fuel to that fire. This year alone, more than 30 trans individuals have been murdered, 90 percent of those were with a gun. We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with those fighting to end this epidemic of gun violence. We must also stand up to those who aim to dehumanize the LGBTQ+ community, especially our trans sisters and brothers, by spreading disinformation and sowing hate for political gain. The politicians and groups who spread this vitriol should be held responsible for their part in stoking anti-LGBTQ+ sentiment.

“We are infinitely heartbroken, but the LGBTQ+ community is resolute in our battle against all forms of persecution based on hatred and intolerance. I have faith that our community will rise above the evil that has been unleashed upon us and respond to this tragedy with a spirit of optimism and compassion. We express our deepest condolences to the victims, their loved ones, and all those who have been affected by this despicable crime. We are forever grateful for the first responders and police in Colorado Springs for their rapid response.”

“Until the work is done, Silver State Equality will continue to fight for true LGBTQ+ equality, including the ability to safely enjoy oneself wherever they choose – whether it be a nightclub, a synagogue, a shopping mall, or even their own backyard.”

We offer the following resources for support in the immediate aftermath of last night’s shooting:

  1. National Victims of Violent Crimes, 1-202-467-8700
  2. Colorado Crisis Services, 1-844-493-TALK (8225)
  3. Crisis Text Line, Text HOME to 741741
  4. Trevor Project, Text START to 678-678

According to Everytown for Gun Safety, in Nevada:

  • The rate of gun deaths has increased 24 percent from 2011 to 2020 in Colorado, compared to a 33 percent increase nationwide. This means that in 2020 there were 171 more-gun deaths than in 2011.
  • In Nevada, the rate of gun suicide increased 14 percent and gun homicide increased 52 percent from 2011 to 2020, compared to a 12 percent increase and 70 percent increase nationwide, respectively.
  • In an average year, 519 people die by guns.
  • With a rate of 16.7 deaths per 100,000 people, Colorado has the 16th-highest rate of gun deaths in the US.
  • Nationally, 40,620 people die by guns in an average year, a rate of 12.2 deaths per 100,000 people.


As Nevada’s statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, Silver State Equality brings the voices of LGBTQ+ people and allies to institutions of power in Nevada and throughout the U.S. Silver State Equality strives to create a world that is healthy, just and fully equal for all LGBTQ+ people. Silver State Equality is a Nevada-based program affiliated with and supported by Equality California and Equality California Institute, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization.  More information at

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