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Jayapal Statement on Shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), co-chair of the Transgender Equality Task Force, released the following statement after a mass shooting at Club Q, an LGBTQ+ club in Colorado Springs, Colorado, that left at least 5 people dead and 18 people injured:

“I am horrified and heartbroken by the deadly shooting in Colorado Springs. Once again, an entire community is left devastated and traumatized by the senseless epidemic of gun violence in our country. My heart goes out to the people whose lives were taken far too soon, their families and friends, and everyone who was at Club Q last night. Night clubs like Club Q are supposed to be safe havens for LGBTQ+ people, where they can be free and safe to be themselves. And yet, Club Q, like Pulse before it, has become the site of hatred and violence.

“As we mark Transgender Day of Remembrance today and mourn and remember the trans people who were taken from us far too soon, we must recommit ourselves to the work of ending gun violence, transphobia, and homophobia in our country and saluting the resilience of trans people everywhere. I am the proud mom of an incredible trans child, and I will never stop fighting to make sure we build a better, safer, and more just society for her and for our entire beloved LGBTQ+ community in this country.”