Tiana Nicole Dykes, a lifelong Colorado Springs resident, told CNN she knew people who were killed and seriously injured in the shooting.
Dykes said that the shock continues to grow. She called Club Q “a second home full of chosen family”.
“I’m there every week if not every other week. This place means the world to me. The energy, the people, the message. It’s an amazing place that didn’t deserve this tragedy,” Dykes told CNN.
He said the mass shooting, which left at least five people dead and 25 injured, is very disheartening for the LGBTQ community.
“Something like a mass shooting in an LGBT+ safe space is harmful beyond belief. There are feelings of disrespect, disbelief and just pure shock,” she told CNN. No one ever thinks this is going to happen to them, and sometimes it does.
Police say it is too early to determine whether the shooting at Club Q was a hate crime, but investigators will look into the possibility as they continue their investigation.
A Safe Haven: Tim Curran, copy editor for CNN’s “Early Start,” goes to Club Q with his boyfriend when he visits his family in Colorado Springs.
Curran, who hasn’t been to the club since the pandemic, describes Club Q as one of the few safe spaces for the LGBTQ community, where they don’t always feel welcome.
“It’s a very warm, welcoming space, definitely a big step forward for diversity in Springs,” Curran told CNN. There’s a lot of free-floating homophobia in the city.”
But once patrons step inside — everything disappears, at least for a few hours of music and dancing, says Curran. Visitors and regulars can be seen here every evening from Wednesday to Sunday, either relaxing at the bar, laughing with friends at the tables or immediately heading to the dance floor.
Club Q, which Curran describes as a “chill, small-town gay bar where everybody knows everybody else,” caters to a racially diverse crowd—including college kids, military, and older community members. Are included.
because there is a Lack of LGBTQ Spaces For community members in Springs, Curran says that Club Q serves as a “welcoming, open and helpful space” by regularly hosting all-ages events such as brunches and holiday dinners.