~~November 22, 2022~~
I’ve known Leigh Shannon for many years.
He’s our local celebrity, our small business owner, our almost-elected official, our local activist, our philantropist, a very dear friend and so much more. Once again he writes about the ‘hot’ climate out there which is placing many members of our LGBTQAI+ community in so much danger.
Colorado Springs shooting — the case in point these days.
“My heart goes out to the victims, Club Q patrons, and their loved ones. I cannot even fathom what the families of those killed are going through right now,” Leigh stated.
“All we have to do is think back to the Pulse Nightclub attack from 6 years ago, and we can feel the pain that our community is still living today.”
“Stop this violence … and stop this rhetoric. Let’s focus on protecting our people and our lives. We need to stop all of the noise that empowers hateful people to silence a human body … a human being … a human soul.”
Orlando Entertainer Leigh Shannon Calls for An End to Violence Amid Colorado Springs Shooting at LGBQT+ Club
“My condolences go out to all the families who lost someone in this tragic event, and to everyone struggling to be accepted in this world. My sister was a good person. She was loving and caring and sweet. Everyone loved her. Kelly was a wonderful person,” Tiffany Loving said in the statement to CNN.
Derrick Rump was a bartender at Club Q who had “found a community of people that he loved really much, and he felt that he could shine there – and he did,” his sister Julia Kissling told CNN affiliate WFMZ.
“He made a difference in so many people’s lives, and that’s where he wanted to be.”
Raymond Green Vance, 22, was visiting Club Q for the first time with his longtime girlfriend, her parents and some of her parents’ friends, his family said in a statement provided to CNN.
They were celebrating a birthday, according to the statement. The people Vance was dining with included Richard M. Fierro, the man who subdued the suspected gunman, according to a Facebook post by his wife Jessica Fierro.
Aston, 28, was a bar supervisor at Club Q, said bartender Michael Anderson, who had known Aston for a few years and considered him a friend.
“He was the best supervisor anybody could’ve asked for. He made me want to come into work, and he made me want to be a part of the positive culture we were trying to create there,” Anderson said.
“She meant everything to this family, and we can’t even begin to understand what it will mean to not have her in our lives,” the statement read.
Paugh was a mother, and her daughter Ryleigh “was her whole world,” the statement read, adding that Paugh was big on family.
“She loved her dad, her sister, and her family; Ashley was a loving aunt, with many nieces and nephews who are devastated by her loss,” the statement read.
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Another incidence of hate that’s rampant in our society, and fueled by the lies and ignorance bestowed upon generation after generation. 😦
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