In response to the recent shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs, Niagara Pride is partnering with other local community providers to provide a community forum to give local LGBTQ+ individuals and allies an opportunity to share their thoughts, emotions and reflections on violence aimed at the LGBTQ+ community.
The LGBTQ+ community safety forum and active shooter information and awareness training will take place from noon until 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Niagara County Community College Lecture Hall E-140, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn.
This community forum will be moderated by representatives of Niagara Pride, with members of others community service providers present to share information about local services offered. The discussion piece of the event will take place during the first half of the event. During the second half, there will be a free, one-hour active shooter information and awareness training offered by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office.
Following the shooting, Niagara Pride compiled a LGBTQ+ local crisis resource list for Niagara County and WNY. That resource can be obtained by emailing Niagara Pride at [email protected].
Niagara Pride President Ronald Piaseczny said, “Last week was a brutal week in America in terms of gun violence, with the shooting at an LGBTQ+ club, killing five people, followed with a shooting at a Walmart, killing six people. There are too many people in the LGBTQ+ community living in fear of being assaulted, beaten or killed because of homophobia or transphobia. We know that people need time and a safe place to process their thoughts and emotions around these acts. We are hopeful that this community forum will give local LGBTQ+ folks that safe environment to share their concerns while also walking aware empowered with resources and practical training.”