Club owner sees ‘new kind of hate’ against LGBTQ people
After the massacre at a queer club in the US state of Colorado, the motive of the accused remains unclear. One of the co-owners sees the act as an expression of a radical anti-LGBTQ movement.
EA co-owner of Colorado nightclub Q has lamented a “new breed of hate” after five deadly shootings at the facility’s patrons and staff. A gunman turned a drag queen’s birthday party there into a massacre on Saturday, killing five and injuring 17 others. Co-owner Nic Grzecka said he believes the Colorado Springs incident reflects strong anti-LGBTQ sentiment. The English acronym LGBTQ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer People.
Speaking to the Associated Press Thursday night, Grzecka said she believes the attack on a drag queen event has to do with the art form being misrepresented by right-wing activists and politicians. . “Lying about our community and making it not exist creates a new kind of hatred,” he said.
Authorities have not yet said why the gunman opened fire at the club before being attacked by guests. The 22-year-old suspect did not comment during his first court appearance Wednesday. His father, a mixed martial artist and porn star, told CBS affiliate KFMB-TV that his first thought was why his child, with whom he had little connection, had come to a gay bar.
Krekka said he hopes to channel his grief and anger into figuring out how to rebuild a support system for Colorado Springs’ LGBTQ community, where the club has served as a haven for nearly two decades. Everyone needs community, he said. Club Q was open 365 days a year.
Offers of support came from city and state officials. US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden offered their condolences on Thursday for Kreska and co-owner Matthew Haynes. They also underscored their support and commitment to fighting hate and gun violence.
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