The staff of the CAAAS is deeply saddened by the Club Q shooting that occurred over the past weekend in Colorado Springs. We stand in solidarity with and support our LGBTQIA+ siblings as we process and heal with those that are directly and indirectly impacted.
We honor the five folx that lost their lives and speak their names:
Kelly Loving: She/Her
Daniel Aston: He/Him
Derrick Rump: He/Him
Ashley Paugh: She/Her
Raymond Green Vance: He/Him
We also want to honor and lift up the 20+ other victims that were injured during the event.
To quote Angela Davis, “It is in collectivities that we find reservoirs of hope and optimism.” We can find strength in showing up for each other and spreading the hope of a better future together. You are not alone. Whatever you are feeling is valid. Take your time. Grief looks different for different people. There is not much that we can say that makes this situation any less painful, but we can share campus resources sent out by our Pride Office and LGBTQ+ Studies Program for those that would like additional support.
If you are a member of the LGBTQ+ community and would like to connect to other members of the community during this time, please reach out to email@example.com.
OVA offers free and confidential consultation, support, advocacy, and trauma-focused short-term counseling for students and staff who have experienced a traumatic or life-disruptive event.
Phone: 303-492-8855 (24/7 phone support, including when the office is closed)
OVA’s hours are modified during fall break. Please note that all services are virtual and remote this week:
- Monday–Tuesday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Wednesday–Friday: Closed
CAPS offers confidential, on-campus mental health and psychiatric services for a variety of concerns. They offer mental health skills related workshops, group therapy, brief individual therapy, psychiatry, and 24/7 crisis services.
Phone: 303-492-2277 (24/7 support)
CAPS’ hours are modified during fall break. Please note that all services are virtual and remote this week:
- Monday–Tuesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Wednesday–Friday: Closed
SSCM assists students who are experiencing distress from events such as personal or family crisis. SSCM works collaboratively to support academic success and emotional well-being.
OutSources: Community and Care in the Wake of the Club Q Shooting
List of actions to help us grieve and take care of each other and ourselves
Dr. Glenda Russell, a member of the LGBTQ community, has done decades of research on how our community can respond to events such as this. She shares thoughts on that research and how we can move forward.
Community mental health collectives dedicated to supporting the queer and trans community in Colorado:
If you are in need of someone to talk to right now, please reach out to the following hotlines:
Trans Life Line: (877) 565-8860
LGBT National Hotline: 888-843-4564
The Trevor Project: 866-4U-TREVOR
For those looking to support the Colorado Springs queer and trans communities, consider donating to the following GoFundMe or supporting the following local queer-owned businesses:
Sunday Barber Co.
Latisha Hardy Dance
Inside Out Youth Services