Colorado Springs shooting updates: Anderson Aldrich is nonbinary, lawyers say amid reports of dad’s porn past

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Army veteran accounts for Colorado Springs shooter

Colorado Springs shooting suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich faces at least five counts of murder and five charges of committing a bias-motivated felony causing bodily harm.

At least five people were killed and 18 others injured when the 22-year-old suspect burst into an LGBT+ nightclub just before midnight on Saturday and opened fire with an AR-15 rifle.

The suspect was taken down by an army veteran named Richard Fierro, with the help of a trans woman who stomped on the suspect.

Police named the five people who died as Kelly Loving, Daniel Aston, Derrick Rump, Ashley Paugh and Raymond Green Vance, and listed their pronouns along with their names.

More and more details about Aldrich are trickling out. In a court case Tuesday, public defenders alleged that Aldrich is non-binary and uses the pronouns “she/it.”

Reports have also indicated that Aldrich had a difficult upbringing with a father who used drugs and worked in the porn industry and a mother with multiple arrests.

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ICYMI: Who were the victims?

A gunman burst into Club Q and opened fire just before midnight on Saturday, opening fire with an AR-15 style rifle and handgun.

The suspect – identified by police as Anderson Aldrich, 22, allegedly shot five people; two bartenders, a mother-of-one on a night out, a transgender woman and a local man celebrating a friend’s birthday.

Police initially said 25 people were injured, but that number was revised to 18 on Monday. Many suffered horrific injuries and awaited lengthy recovery.

Here’s what we know about those who died:

Megan BladesNov 23, 2022 2:10 PM

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No updates from the police until next week

A new update has arrived The Colorado Springs Police Department on Tuesday – but it didn’t say much.

“At this time, the next expected press release is Monday, November 28; The Colorado Springs Police Department does not expect to have any updates for now.

“Please note that legal proceedings are underway beyond our control. If information becomes available through legal action, we will notify our community through various social media platforms and media notifications.

“If the suspect’s photo becomes available, we will release it through the same avenues.”

Megan BladesNov 23, 2022 1:50 PM

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Opinion: The Appalling Hypocrisy of Lauren Boebert’s ‘Thoughts and Prayers’

Congressman from Colorado Lauren Boebert is “morally responsible” for Saturday night’s violence, prescribes gender non-conforming journalist Skylar Baker-Jordan The independent.

Ms Boebert tweeted on Sunday morning that “the victims and their families are in my prayers”, adding: “This lawless violence must end quickly.”

But in an opinion piece for Indy voices, writes Skylar: “Boebert and her vicious, vicious and hateful allies should at least have the decency to spare us their platitudes. This environment, as dangerous as it is for LGBTQ Americans, is one they have created. These are they who reap what they have sown.

“What happened in Colorado Springs was wildly predictable precisely because of the environment the law has created. If you lie to Americans and tell them that an entire demographic of their fellow citizens threatens their children and their freedom, demonizing them as predators and perverts, you should expect deadly consequences.

“We’ve been warning about this for two years now, telling you how scared we felt, how wrong you were, how dangerous this was… and now five innocent people are dead.”

Read Skylar Baker-Jordan’s piece in full:

Megan BladesNovember 23, 2022 1:30 PM

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Aldrich had a troubled childhood, reports say

In the aftermath of the shooting, several reports have emerged about Aldrich’s troubled childhood.

Aldrich’s biological parents separated when Aldrich was a toddler and reportedly had multiple run-ins with the law.

Aldrich’s father is said to have used drugs and worked in the porn industry.

It is speculated that Aldrich – who public defenders say is non-binary – changed their name from Nicholas Brink to what it is today at age 15 to distance themselves from their father.

The Independents Bevan Hurley has more on the name change:

Megan BladesNov 23, 2022 1:10 PM

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Public defenders say Aldrich is non-binary and uses the pronouns “she/it.”

Public defenders representing suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich’s shooting have said their client is non-binary and uses the pronouns “she/it.”

Lawyers made the claim Tuesday evening in a court case ahead of Aldrich’s appearance on Wednesday.

The filing marked the first time Aldrich had been identified as non-binary.

It comes amid speculation about the motive for Sunday’s shooting at Club Q, an LGBT+ venue in Colorado Springs.

Although police have not officially determined a motive, it is widely believed to be an anti-LGBTQ attack.

Megan BladesNov 23, 2022 12:40 PM

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Drag performers reject GOP claims of ‘sexualizing children’

It’s worth exploring what exactly is behind the claim that drag shows are inherently sexual, as many conservative politicians and pundits have argued (both before and after the Colorado Springs shooting).

Republican lawmakers have sought to ban drag events for children, describing them as “perverted sex shows” and part of “a trend in which perverted adults are obsessed with sexualizing young children.”

But in an interview with The independent in June, the executive director of Drag Queen Story Hour — an LGBT+ education charity that hosts children’s book readings by drag performers in schools, libraries and bookstores — strongly opposed the idea that drag is inherently sexual.

“I’m not going to lie and say drag has never been sexualized because drag is an art form and it can be sexual like anything else,” executive director (and drag performer) Jonathan Hamilt told me.

“Carrying with adults in an adult environment can be sexual, sure. Is it sexual during a Drag Queen Story Hour? No! Are you taking your kids to an R-rated movie? I hope not.

“There are actors in R-rated movies, and those same actors can star in a G-rated family-friendly comedy…an adult drag show in an adult bar, at night, with alcohol, is different from a Drag Queen Story Hour non-profit event at 11am at a public library.”

Io DoddsNov 23, 2022 8:52 AM

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A poet from Colorado remembers Club Q

Many people share this poem by former Colorado Springs resident James Davis, a poet and editor who spent most of his life in the Rocky Mountains town.

“I’m queer / In a military town where cadets / Football scores count in push-ups / And Blue Angels block the sky.”

Others have shared British transgender poet Jay Hulme’s “Jesus at the Gay Bar,” which retells the biblical parable of Jesus healing a bleeding woman to explore LGBT+ shame and conversion therapy.

Io DoddsNov 23, 2022 7:46 AM

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‘It’s like we could sense a tragedy coming’

A Colorado Springs resident says there is a “growing hatred” of his city’s LGBT+ community.

Parker Grey, 25, shared NBC news: “You just feel it. As a community, after so many years of going through so much grief and so much loss, it’s almost like you can feel a tragedy coming.

“The numbers have thinned out [Club Q] obviously with Covid, but I think people started to fear for their safety again, like in 2016 when Pulse happened.” That was a reference to the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in 2016, which killed 49 people.

Colorado Springs has also seen recent controversy over the inclusion of LGBT+ in schools. A local school board member apologized earlier this year for sharing a transphobic meme on social media, while a teenage trans girl said she was not allowed to participate in her homecoming dance because she was wearing a dress.

Another resident, who was previously part of an evangelical megachurch before coming out as gay, told The New York Times that the shooting was “definitely a wake-up call” and concluded, “It’s still not safe.”

Io DoddsNovember 23, 2022 6:40 AM

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How Colorado fared for LGBT+ rights

Like many states, Colorado has a long history of anti-LGBT+ discrimination. In 1992, 53 percent of voters approved an amendment to the state’s constitution that prevented cities from providing legal protection to gay, lesbian, or bisexual people.

Controversy over the amendment caused some film and TV productions, as well as several conferences and conventions, to boycott Colorado, just as North Carolina and Georgia suffered in 2016 and 2017 over their anti-transgender “bathroom bills”. It was finally overturned by the US Supreme Court in 1996.

Ten years later, voters passed another constitutional amendment that banned the state from recognizing same-sex marriages, stating that “only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid in this state.” That, too, was reversed when the Supreme Court ruled in 2015 that all Americans have the right to same-sex marriage.

Today, however, the nonprofit Movement Advancement Project describes Colorado as one of the top states in the US for LGBT+ equality, citing extensive non-discrimination laws, lack of religious exceptions, bans on conversion therapy, and several other factors. .

Io DoddsNovember 23, 2022 5:25 AM

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Club Q patron says it was a “sanctuary.”

A Club Q a regular who lost two friends in the shooting has described how it served as a “refuge” for him and his community.

According to Buzzfeed newsa man named Anthony, who refused to give reporters his last name, said he expects to feel uncomfortable going out in public for long periods of time.

“That’s always been one of my mother’s biggest worries and concerns: going out and being gay and not having anywhere to go,” said Anthony.

“But when I was welcomed into Q by a group of people, I knew I had a home. I had a safe space and they made sure everyone knew it was a safe space.”

Io DoddsNov 23, 2022 4:19 AM

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