Anti-LGBTQ sentiment in Colorado Springs had some in the community anticipating tragedy

Parker Grey stopped going to Club Q about a year and half ago “because of the growing hatred for our community that started in” Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Parker Grey stopped going to Club Q about a year and half ago “because of the growing hatred for our community that started in” Colorado Springs, Colorado.

A gunman opened fire with an AR-15-style rifle at the LGBTQ club late Saturday night, killing five people and injuring at least 25 others. The suspected shooter, who was hurt in the attack, was apprehended by police and is in the hospital.

While no motive in the shooting has been disclosed by authorities, the violence comes amid heightened tensions for the LGBTQ community. Several drag events around the country have drawn protests and threats, with some protesters carrying firearms, and more than 240 anti-LGBTQ bills were filed in the first three months of this year, most of them targeting trans people

Grey, 25, noted the rise in violence against transgender people, particularly trans women of color, over the last few years. “You can just feel it. As a community, being through so much grief and so much loss after so many years, it’s almost like you can feel tragedy coming.”

Follow along for live coverage of the shooting.

https://www.nbcnews.com/nbc-out/out-news/anti-lgbtq-sentiment-colorado-springs-community-anticipating-tragedy-rcna58086


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