Washington, D.C. – In response to the hateful and deadly murder at Club Q in Colorado Springs, Greisa Martinez Rosas, Executive Director of United We Dream, said:
“The ways in which the shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs is particularly heinous are too many to count – it happened on the eve of Transgender Day of Remembrance and deliberately targeted one of the few spaces of safety, welcome, and joy in the area. This act of violence is the direct result of the increase in rampant, extreme hatred and policies towards the LGBTQ community by right wing extremists.
United We Dream was founded from the courage of queer, immigrant youth, and, to this day, we are led by queer, immigrant youth. A deliberate attack on safe, welcoming spaces for queer, BIPOC communities is a deliberate attack on all of us. We who believe in freedom; we who are trans, queer; we who are undocumented; we who organize – we are at an extraordinary point of choice within our lives. That choice is clear – choose despair or continue to wage peace grounded in the discipline of hope that things can and will change. At United We Dream, we will fight despair by organizing, undocumented, unafraid, queer and unashamed.”