Miami Beach Pride Responded on Twitter and Here:
Yesterday was Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day created to mourn and honor the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. At least 32 trans people were killed over the last year, most of whom were transgender women of color. This day was supposed to be spent honoring and remembering those who were taken, but was devastatingly marked with more loss. The weight of the unacceptable tragedy at Club Q in Colorado Springs has been felt deeply across the country, and has forced our community yet again – to look in the eyes of hatred and persevere through another attack on our LGBTQIA+ brothers and sisters.
Our hearts are broken for the victims and hope that we can fortify in our ability to convert this violence into lasting change. Despite the current climate and pressure built up around us, we urge the world to alter their perspective of the LGBTQIA+ community and accept us for who we really are, human. This incident puts a spotlight on issues that have long been due for immediate reform, not just for the LGBTQIA+ community, but all people who have been marginalized and faced with tragedy by harmful legislation, gun violence, ignorance and hatred.
Pride at its core will always be a protest. It is paramount that we have safe spaces to allow us to congregate and thrive.
We have overcome before, and we will again. We will never be forced back into the closet.