Suspected LGBTQ+ Hate Crime in Shaw

All of us at Capital Pride Alliance were very disturbed to learn that two members of the local LGBTQ+ community, who are also volunteers for Capital Pride, were the victims of violence early Sunday morning, April 15. There is also the potential for this to be classified as an anti-LGBTQ+ hate crime. We will do everything possible to support our friends and colleagues. In addition, we will assist in determining not only what happened but how our community can work together to respond to and prevent anti-LGBTQ+ hate crimes. Sadly, we are all aware of the statistics. And, we know that in the current climate our community is under attack on a nearly daily basis. We remain vulnerable by simply walking down the street, going out with friends and family, or living our daily lives. We also know that hate crimes disproportionately affect the most vulnerable and marginalized in our communities, in particular transgender women of color. This incident is unfortunately only the latest to highlight that we must remain vocal and vigilant whenever someone in our community is attacked simply for who they are.