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Hundreds of Minneapolis mourners gather to remember victims of Colorado Club Q shooting – InForum

ByKarla E. Kowalski

Nov 24, 2022

MINNEAPOLIS — Hundreds of people marked the Colorado Springs mass shooting with a vigil Wednesday, November 23, 2022 in downtown Minneapolis, listening to speakers offering both comfort and condemnation of the violence that has claimed more lives and regularly left LGBTQ victims affects people.

People mourned the killing of five and the shooting and wounding of 17 others at Club Q earlier this week. One person was charged with murder and hate crimes.

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On Wednesday, November 23, 2022, people gather outside The Saloon in Minneapolis to honor the victims murdered and injured in the mass shooting at the Club Q nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Outside The Saloon, a gay club on Hennepin Avenue, manager Bobby Palmer got angry as he spoke.

“I don’t know what to say because words are no longer enough. Thoughts and prayers have yielded nothing despite national attention, I know we will do minimal work on anti-queer rhetoric on gun violence. And we face the need to protect each other,” he said.

Jack O’Shaughnessy, 29, from Minneapolis, said the message that the community must protect itself and each other resonated with them. They attended the vigil alone and were made to feel welcome by people they didn’t know. But O’Shaughnessy said the tragedy at Club Q reminded them of the danger they feel.

“How long will I have to be scared of being out in public with my partner?” O’Shaughnessy said, adding, “That’s why I live in Minneapolis because it’s very queer. But I’m always reminded very quickly when I go, like 20 minutes out of town it’s not always okay to be who I look like.”

Minneapolis City Council President Andrea Jenkins also spoke at the vigil. She said that as LGBTQ people face targeted violence, they are also being elected to higher office in the Minnesota legislature and across the country.

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Andrea Jenkins, President of the Minneapolis City Council, speaks at the Club Q vigil outside The Saloon in Minneapolis on Wednesday, November 23, 2022.

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But the first openly trans woman elected to the council said the holiday can be difficult even in families that accept.

“It’s really challenging being at home and being in situations where your partner might not be welcome, or when they are, there are all these weird questions,” Jenkins said. “I really wanted to come out tonight and say what I said. I love you and I really want to be in solidarity with you.”

MPR news reporter Regina Medina contributed to this story.

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