The following statement can be attributed to Deborah Richardson, ACLU of Colorado Executive Director. 

“ACLU of Colorado is devastated and angered to learn of the five lives lost and the 18 people injured during a mass shooting at Club Q, an LGBTQ+ nightclub in Colorado Springs, overnight. Our deepest sympathies go out to those whose loved ones were killed, injured or were otherwise impacted by this tragedy.

While much remains unknown about this shooting, we must acknowledge that this horrific act happened on the eve of Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day meant to honor and remember the lives of transgender people who were lost to violence.

We remain in solidarity with our LGBTQ+ community and partners in Colorado Springs and across our state as we come together to mourn this tragedy.

ACLU of Colorado is committed to supporting the victims, survivors and their loved ones. We will continue to fight for a world where LGBTQ+ people are able to be fully celebrated in life and remembered for their existence — not just their deaths.

We have the right to be ourselves without fear — today, tomorrow, and forever.”