“There are no words that will undo the horror that continues to devastate our communities,” wrote Nadine Bridges, executive director of Colorado-based LGBTQ advocacy organization One Colorado. “Our safe spaces continue to become places of grief, trauma, and sorrow due to gun violence, mass shootings, and the general disrespect for our human condition. Not one more life should be taken or lost.”
Many, understandably, are turning to the internet for support, and are looking for ways to stand in solidarity.
In addition to the GoFundMe hub, advocates (including GLAAD) announced the reactivation of the Colorado Healing Fund, which was founded in 2018 by victim advocates and community leaders to support those impacted by what they call “mass cruelty crimes” in the state of Colorado. The fund is open once again to collect funds for victims of the Club Q shooting in partnership with on the ground organizations.
“We mourn with the LGBTQ+ community in Colorado Springs for the lives taken and those wounded in this act of hate,” wrote Kevin Jennings, CEO of LGBTQ civil rights organization Lambda Legal. “America’s toxic mix of bigotry and absurdly easy access to firearms means that such events are all too common and LGBTQ+ people, BIPOC communities, the Jewish community, and other vulnerable populations pay the price again and again for our political leadership’s failure to act.”
According to the FBI’s 2020 Hate Crime Statistics, which is based on reports from national law enforcement, 20 percent of reported attacks were motivated by anti-LGBTQ bias.
“When ignorance is weaponized to become hate, people suffer. When hate-filled people are without communities that love and support their ability to celebrate diversity, embrace democracy, and prioritize mental wellness, they can cause harm—to themselves and others,” wrote David J. Johns, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition, in a statement to the press. “We’ve seen this before, and sadly, it will continue to happen until we collectively do better.”