In Memory of Those Killed at Club Q
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Episode 151 · 2 months ago

In Memory of Those Killed at Club Q

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

We decided to cancel this week’s episode of The Pride Podcast in light of the hateful and violent acts that took place in Colorado Springs at Club Q on Saturday night. 

LGBTQ+ people are used to swallowing the indignities, big and small. We accept them as a reality of being LGBTQ+ in this world. If this is you, know that your anger, your fear, and your grief are valid. Do not suffer in silence. Let the people in your life in. Lean on your allies. We need one another now more than ever.

We want to extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims.

Daniel Aston

Derrick Rump

Kelly Loving

Ashley Paugh

Raymond Vance

Hey, Pride listeners, we decided to cancel this week's episode of The Pride Podcast in light of the hateful and violent acts that took place at Club Q on Saturday night. Though the facts of this devastating news are explicit, we owe it to the victims to speak plainly. One individual, fueled by hate, took an assault rifle to an lgbt Q plus nightclub in Colorado Springs and murdered at least five innocent people. Others were injured. Many of our listeners will recognize this as a hate crime, and it is currently being investigated as such. I've been doing this for a long time. I've reported on my fair share of anti lgbt Q plus violence. I worked at the Advocate when Pulse happened, the high rates of abuse faced by LGBTQ plus youth, the steady rise in anti trans violence PULSE. I have to be honest. It never gets easier. You go through the motions, obsessively following the news, feeling helpless, donating where you can, and feeling helpless at again. You...

...want to cry, but you're just so angry. Day after day we watch as the people in our community are dragged through the mud. We're called groomers, sinners, and degenerates. We wake up every morning to new laws that target the most vulnerable people in our community. We turn on the television and see ourselves villainized by people who could be our neighbors. Sometimes they are our neighbors. In the wake of this moral panic, lgbt Q plus people are the ones who end up getting hurt every time. The figureheads in the media that disparage, mischaracterized, pathologize us bear some of the weight of this responsibility. Their words do not exist in a vacuum. Their attempts to scapegoat us for the woes of the world have real lasting effects. People get hurt, people die. Lgbt Q plus people are used to swallowing the indignities big and small. We accept them as a reality of being queer in this world. If this is you, know that your anger, your fear, and your...

...grief are valid. Do not suffer in silence. Let the people in your life in lean on your allies. We need one another now more than ever. Before I go, I want to acknowledge the heroic actions of the people who subdued the shooter before he could take more loved ones from us. I want to extend my deepest condolences to the families, chosen or otherwise of the victims. Finally, I ask that you join me in saying their names. Daniel Aston, Derrek Rump, Kelly Loving, Ashley Paw, Raymond Vance. Thank you for listening. We'll see you next week.

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