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NEA Statement on Mass Shooting at Nightclub in Colorado

NEA President: ‘We grieve for the loss of vibrant lives in our LGBTQ+ community’
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Published: November 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — Another mass shooting, this time at an LGBTQ+ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, reportedly leaves at least five people dead and 18 wounded. Police are investigating whether the shooting was a hate crime.

The following statement can be attributed to NEA President Becky Pringle:

“No matter what we look like or whom we love everyone deserves freedom from hate and violence. We hold the victims, families, and communities impacted by these horrific murders in our hearts. We grieve for the loss and continue to focus our resolve to come together and end the hate and violence inflicted on our LGBTQ+ communities. 

“We grieve for the loss of vibrant lives in our LGBTQ+ community. We will continue to work together to ensure all of us can be safe to live and love as our authentic selves — no exceptions.”

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