LULAC Joins In Solidarity With LGBTQ+ Community And The Nation In Denouncing The Mass Shooting At A Gay Club In Colorado

Nation's Oldest and Largest Latino Civil Rights Organization Says the Attack Is a Painful Reminder of the Sexual Bigotry that Still Exists Silently in America and Is Fueled by the Faith-Based Community's Hate Speech Against the Other


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Washington, DC – The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) issued the following statement on the mass shooting at Club Q, a gay and lesbian nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The gunman killed five people and wounded 25 others before patrons in the business managed to subdue him. He was taken into custody by police, and prosecutors say the attack was motivated by a bias against the victims.

Domingo García – LULAC National President
"LULAC strongly denounces this massacre and calls on Congress and the Biden Administration to move swiftly to make hate crimes of this nature a federal capital offense, with no deals for the cowards who commit them. Also, LULAC calls out the religious bigots who are silent when these attacks are committed but are constantly spewing vile hate speech from their pulpits in the name of God and faith. The blood of these innocent victims is on their hands before God, and their silence is their condemnation of guilt. LULAC calls the mass shootings the product of our nation's hypocrisy that claims to value life but fails to defend those different from them."


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Jesse Garcia – LULAC National LGBTQ Affairs Committee Chair
"Transgender Day of Remembrance 2022 reminded us how LGBTQ communities need our support, advocacy, and protection. We mourn the 32 transgender lives taken from us through violent means this past year, and our hearts and prayers go out to the victims of the Colorado Springs Club Q mass shooting. They bravely fought back and prevented more deaths from happening. LULAC stands with its LGBTQ family."


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Rodolfo Rosales, Texas LULAC - First openly gay LULAC State Director
"LULAC would like to express our sympathy to the families and friends of the victims of this senseless hate crime. Now is not the time for thoughts and prayers alone. We must act on sensible gun safety legislation. The families of gun violence deserve nothing less than good gun safety laws that can help prevent shootings like these in Colorado Springs or Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, and many other shootings. We deserve better from our legislators."

About LULAC

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation's largest and oldest Hispanic civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC's programs, services, and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting the critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit https://lulac.org/

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