One Colorado Remembers Club Q on One-Year Mark
Denver, CO – Today, One Colorado tributes the lives tragically taken and all those forever impacted one year ago at Club Q on November 19, 2022. We remember five beautiful community members: Ashely Paugh (she, her, hers), Daniel Aston (he, him, his), Raymond Green Vance (he, him, his), Derrick Rump (he, him, his), and Kelly Loving (she, her, hers). Let us continue to carry their love and light in our hearts.
Statement from Nadine Bridges, MSW (she/her), One Colorado Executive Director:
“As I reflect on the one-year mark of the tragic shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs, I want to share my deepest condolences to the victims’ and survivors' families, and to the community of Colorado Springs. Your ongoing courage in the face of this devastating violence is remarkable, and my heart is with you.”
“It is important to understand the undeniable truth that the Club Q shooting was not an isolated incident. It is a stark reminder of the work that still needs to be done to protect our community. We must come together to strengthen our collective identity. I cannot emphasize it enough; our community radiates love and joy. In the memory of those we've lost, we must show the world that violence will not keep us down and their hate will not stop LGBTQ+ spaces from being homes for our community to dance, laugh, and love.”
“Yes, there’s healing to be done, but the power of community coming together in the face of adversity is a testament to the strengths we have when we stand together. Hate will not take away our sanctuaries and our places where we have connection, shine brightly, triumph over hate, and share a commitment to living openly and freely. We love you, we see you, and we will forever stand together.”
One Colorado is the state’s leading advocacy organization building a brighter future for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) Coloradans and their families.