A series of tragic attacks at multiple LGBTQ+ safe havens across the nation among today’s Bwoglines.
Content Warning: This article contains mentions of death and gun violence.
Happening in the World: The Indonesian island of Java was struck by an earthquake this morning leaving 56 dead and at least 700 more injured, with the possibility of more as aftershocks start to pick up. While only a magnitude 5.6 quake, the epicenter was just 10 kilometers/six miles deep, which is incredibly shallow, and means that the earthquake was significantly more destructive—knocking out electricity, damaging dozens of buildings, and causing multiple landslides. (BBC)
Happening in the US: On Saturday night, a gunman opened fire at Club Q, an LGBTQ+ nightclub Colorado Springs, killing five and injuring another 25. Opening in 2002, the club was, until very recently, the only of its kind in the town, acting as a safe haven for the queer community. The identified subject, Anderson Lee Aldrich, was arrested over a bomb threat last year, but no formal charges were pursued in the case. (CNN)
Happening in NYC: Following the mass-shootings in Colorado, several vandalism attacks have occurred at VERS, a gay bar in Hell’s Kitchen. Now three times in the last week, bricks have been thrown through the windows during business hours, while owner David DeParolesa’s attempts to involve the NYPD turned out far less fruitful than he had hoped, with the department not responding to questions about them not designating these attacks as hate crimes. (Gothamist)
Happening in our Community: November’s Music Monday at The Forum is tonight from 6 pm to 7 pm, featuring the Sing Harlem choir, who have starred on America’s Got Talent, performed at the US Open (among other prestigious venues and events), and accompanied artists from Sting and Madonna to SZA and Arianna Grande. RSVP is encouraged but not required.
Nightclub via Bwarchives