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CAPAC statements on shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs

A man signs a cross at a makeshift ceremony with bouquets of flowers on a corner near the scene of a mass shooting at a gay bar November 21 in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

WASHINGTON — Five people were killed and more than two dozen injured in a shooting Saturday at Club Q, a gay and lesbian nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Leaders of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) released the following statements:

CAPAC Chair Rep. Judy Chu (D-Pasadena): “I am devastated by the shooting that took place this weekend against members of the LGBTQ+ community in Colorado Springs, Colorado. My heart goes out to the victims and their families, as well as to the entire LGBTQ+ community, which includes many Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs).

“This tragedy occurred on the eve of Transgender Remembrance Day, which honors all transgender people whose lives have been lost to acts of transgender violence and reminds us to remain opposed to anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric and anti-LGBTQ+ Make laws that contribute to prejudice and hatred.

“As Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, I remain in firm solidarity with the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus and the LGBTQ+ communities across the country as we continue to mourn the innocent lives lost. I also urge my colleagues to adopt common sense gun reform so we can put an end to these violent attacks on communities in our country.”

Mark Takano, second vice-chair of CAPAC and vice-chair of the LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus (D-Riverside): “Just this past weekend, members of the LGBTQ community in Colorado were murdered in a room meant to be protected from hatred and violence. My heartfelt condolences go out to the families of the victims, the well wishers of the Q Club and the Colorado Springs community.

“Places like Q Club are safe places where individuals can truly be protected from discrimination by our larger society and it breaks my heart to hear from yet another community that has been rocked by this violence. This deadly attack forever changed the fabric of Colorado Springs, as did other communities across America that have experienced similar tragedies.

“Just last week I spoke indoors to honor Transgender Awareness Week, to remind members that we need to protect and stand up for our transgender community. This vicious attack unfolded over the weekend as we honor these individuals for having the power to live their true lives.

“In the face of this deadly attack, we are sadly reminded that pervasive violence and hatred is still directed against LGBTQ people. We must not accept these attacks as commonplace and must take concrete steps to combat hatred.

“As the second vice vice chair of CAPAC and co-chair of the LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus, I recognize the violence that hateful rhetoric can incite in our community. We must always denounce those who fan the flames of bigotry and hold those individuals personally responsible for the hate and violence they inflict on our society.”

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