Long before a shooter walked through its doors one week ago and opened fire , Club Q on Colorado Springs' busy North Academy Boulevard held a special place in the heart of the city's LGBTQ community. The club now sits at the center of a national conversation surrounding hate-motivated crimes, fueled by anti-LGBTQ rhetoric from politicians and public figures — and the community is grappling with the violence aimed at some of its most vulnerable citizens. Colorado's latest mass shooting, which unfolded over the course of a few minutes late on Nov. 19, took the lives of five people — Daniel Davis Aston, Kelly Loving, Ashley Paugh, Derrick Rump and Raymond Green Vance — left 18 injured and countless others scarred. People up and down the Front Range recall Club Q before last weekend's bloodshed. They remember it as a sanctuary within a city that can often castigate those who dare to be different. They tell stories of their first visit to the club, how the people inside lifted them up and helped them find themselves. They think back to the moment when they first waded into a new community, one that accepted them unconditionally with bright colors and costumes,… Read full this story
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Club Q was a home, a sanctuary, a haven for countless people. Five Coloradans share what it meant to them. have 324 words, post on www.denverpost.com at November 26, 2022. This is cached page on Drudgereport. If you want remove this page, please contact us.