COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Tiara Kelley stood outside the entrance of City Hall in Colorado Springs and described how she was feeling after the mass shooting at Club Q on Sunday where five people were killed and 18 were injured.

“It pisses me off! I’m angry,” Kelley said. “I’ve gone way beyond being sad, and way beyond mourning, and way beyond all of that … to just angry!”

Kelley is a Black transgender woman and was one of several hundred people, including Club Q patrons, law enforcement officials, state and local lawmakers, and community members at the unveiling of the ‘Sacred Cloth’ Pride flag on the outside of City Hall to honor the victims of the shooting.

The flag, which is 25 feet long, is a section of the Sea to Sea Pride Flag that originated in Florida. The last time it was displayed in public was after the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando in 2016 in which 49 people were killed.

[Related: Colorado LGBTQ club shooting evokes memories of the Pulse nightclub massacre]

Kelley told Rocky Mountain PBS she was disappointed in the event and expected more. “I came here in the hopes that we were going to hear something different, that there would be something that came out of this other than just a display,” Kelley said. “I feel that this was really just a display.”

Kelley has been a producer of live shows at Club Q for the last several months and puts together a show the night before the shooting. She wonders when violence against the LGBTQ+ community will end.

“I wasn’t there the night of the massacre at Pulse [in 2016], but I was there the entire aftermath and this feels very much like that,” she explained, adding that she wants more than the hanging of a flag over a government building and speeches. “My opinion is that it’s six years later and we’re still hanging the same flag from a different city hall. That tells me that nothing is getting done but the gaslighting that we saw today.”

According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have been 600 mass shootings so far in 2022 in the United States. A mass shooting is where four or more people, not including the shooter, are injured or killed.

Studies show that LGBTQ+ people are nearly four times more likely than non-LGBTQ people to be victims of violent crime. “Black LGBTQ [people], particularly Black trans women, are on the chopping block on a daily basis, this year alone we have 34, I believe, Black trans women who have been murdered. How many of those have you heard about in mainstream media?” she asked with growing frustration.

For now, Kelley says she wants the event to be about those who were killed at  Club Q: Raymond Green Vance, Ashley Paugh, Derrick Rump, Daniel Aston and Kelly Loving.

“Let’s make this about the victims, and let’s make this about their families, and uplifting the Club Q family,” she said.

How to help Resources:

Club Q recently shared the preferred donation site for victims of the shooting. It is the Colorado Healing Fund that is activated for this tragedy. The Colorado Healing Fund was founded in 2018 by a group of victim advocates and community leaders to establish a secure way for the public to contribute to victims of mass casualty crimes in Colorado.


  • The Colorado Springs Police Department is holding a series of community resource expos. The expo will provide mental health resources, spiritual support, emotional support animals, childcare, emergency financial resources, LGBTQ+ support, meals, and other services. Security for all attendees will be provided by uniformed Colorado Springs police officers.
    • The expo will be held at the UCCS Kevin W. O’Neill Cybersecurity & Research Center, 3650 N. Nevada Ave, on the following dates/times: Monday, November 21, 2022, from 8:00 AM-7:00 PM Tuesday, November 22, 2022, from 8:00 AM-7:00 PM Wednesday, November 23, 2022, from 8:00 AM-7:00 PM
  • A drop in center has been set up at a satellite hotel at 411 Lakewood Cir Colorado Springs CO 80910. GLAAD and One Colorado will be on site all week to provide counseling services or if you just need to be with family or just need a hug.
  • Inside Out Youth Services
  • Providers offering therapy for those impacted. This list is being updated regularly by providers
  • United Airlines is offering assistance for those affected by the Club Q shooting.
  • Colorado Crisis Services 1-844-493-8255, or text “TALK” to 38255 This hotline will connect you to a crisis counselor or trained professional. The staffer will assess risk and determine if a mobile response is necessary.
    • If a mobile response is necessary, the Mobile Response Team or Community Response Team will strive to make contact within one hour in Colorado Springs or two hours outside Colorado Springs.
  • Cedar Springs Hospital 719-633-4114 | Cedar Springs offers 24/7 referrals and assessments by phone or online for individuals of all ages who suffer from psychiatric disorders, substance abuse or co-occurring conditions.
  • Diversus offers a 24/7 walk-in crisis center for all ages, regardless of ability to pay, for crisis services and counseling, as well as around-the-clock care for mental well-being.
    • 115 S. Parkside Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80910 Peak View Behavioral Health Assessment team: 719-355-1028 | Main line: 719-444-8484 |
  • Peak View offers complimentary assessments 24/7 for individuals of all ages seeking help and support for mental health and/or substance abuse.
    • 7353 Sisters Grove, Colorado Springs, CO 80923
  • ColoradoCrisisServices.Org
  • Red Cross 1-800-RedCross for mental and spiritual guidance (not asking for donations right now)
  • Additional El Paso County Behavior Health Resources

More community events 

  • UCCS Healing Circle, Monday, November 21, 2022 12:00 – 1:00 PM
    • Location: UCCS University Center 303
    • Community support and healing circle. Solidarity, healing, mourning
    • UCCS FB
  • MOSAIC Card & Poster Making, Monday, November 21, 2022 2:00 – 5:00 PM

    • Location: PMUCCS Student Life Lounge
    • Poster making for those harmed
  • Voodoo Leatherworks, Monday, November 21st, 2022 3:00 PM
    • Location: 2422 Busch Ave. Colorado Springs, CO 80904
    • Holding space for grieving, mental health providers will be available
  • Vista Grande Community Baptist Church, Monday, November 21, 2022 7:00 PM
  • Tracks Denver, Monday, November 21, 2022 7:00 PM
    • Location:3500 Walnut St, Denver CO, 80205
    • Vigil with Interfaith Alliance of Colorado
  • The Center on Colfax, Monday, November 21, 2022 7:00 PM

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