Under Attack (2022)
LGBTQ+ Safe Spaces National Needs Assessment
On Saturday, November 19, 2022, a mass shooting occurred at Club Q, an LGBTQ+ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Five people were killed, and 25 others were injured.
As news of the tragedy spread, inevitable mourning swept through the LGBTQ+ community. There was also a palpable sense of fear among other bar owners, organizational leaders and individuals alike.
This was not an isolated incident but, instead, part of a national trend of increasing and escalating biased-related violence. The violence is aimed at many of our country’s most marginalized communities.
In this report, 380 LGBTQ+ organizations from across the the United speak out regarding hate violence, reporting and resolution, and hate prevention needs.
Our opponents are organized and utilizing extensive networks to spread misinformation to radicalize and activate groups and individuals. We are seeing how this system works to increase and intensify protests against Drag Story Hour (DSH). The Proud Boys were among the first groups to target DSH and instigate far-right activists to protest DSH events nationwide.Beverly Tillery, Executive Director – NYC Anti-Violence Project
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