Douglas County LGBTQ+ organizations offer support following Club Q tragedy

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As families and friends continue to mourn the tragedy that took place at Club Q in Colorado Springs, Douglas County LGBTQ+ organizations are offering support and resources. 

“Our hearts are broken but yet we remain resilient and strong and unified as a community to support and lift one another,” said Art Kerkezian, a board member with Castle Rock Pride. 

Castle Rock Pride is a nonprofit organization that works to build a supportive community for LGBTQ+ residents  throughout Douglas County. The organization provides monthly support groups, family meet-ups and educational opportunities to create positive networks of inclusion, equity support and acceptance of diversity. 

On Nov. 23, Castle Rock Pride is offering a support group at Hard Beauty in Castle Rock. Hard Beauty is a counseling center that will be offering free counseling and therapy for people who are affected by the Club Q shooting. 

“We do offer a support group for trans-parents, parents who have trans kids,” said Kerkezian, “as a parent of a trans child myself, you know, you worry about their safety and things like that.”

Cathy Lees, a Douglas County resident who works with Parasol Patrol, offered her support to the LGBTQ+ community in Colorado Springs on Nov. 21.

Parasol Patrol is a nonprofit organization that goes to events to shield LGBTQ and BIPOC youth from protestors. If there are no protesters, Parasol Patrol is there to celebrate the youth in attendance by loving and supporting them

“If there are protestors, we just block them so the kids don’t see their signs or if they have bullhorns, we might have music," said Lees. 

Although there were no protestors, Lees attended one of the three vigils that took place in Colorado Springs. The vigil outside of Club Q on the busy street held very solemn emotions. 

Lees said it is heartbreaking to see how good the community has gotten at planning vigils. 

“It’s great to see the support but it’s also we need more than people showing up there,” said Lees. “We need people to vote for electors that are going to support LGBTQrights. We need people that support organizations like Inside Out Youth Services which is in Colorado Springs or One Colorado, which supports all of Colorado.”

PFlag Highlands Ranch South Suburban is another nonprofit organization that has put together a list of community resources and support for those affected by the tragedy. 

“When we make it okay to hate people or not accept them for who they are or not let them be who they are, that gives space for people to commit acts of violence,” said Lees.

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