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Statement from the Vice-President, People Strategy, Equity & Culture in response to the shooting in Colorado Springs

It is heartbreaking that, once again, the University of Toronto community and 2SLGBTQ+ communities around the world are mourning lives lost to violence and hatred. This weekend’s shooting at a 2SLGBTQ+ nightclub in Colorado Springs reminds us that we cannot be complacent in our efforts to name, denounce, and actively address homophobia, transphobia, biphobia, and sexual and gender-based violence. It is especially devastating that the attack occurred on the eve of Trans Day of Remembrance and Resilience, a time to remember and honour the lives taken and impacted by transphobic violence.

We extend deepest condolences to the loved ones of the five individuals killed, compassion for the 25 wounded, and gratitude for those who acted swiftly at Club Q to prevent further violence. We also recognize that many members of our own community have been profoundly impacted, and require support.

If you feel vulnerable or need support, please consider accessing one of the resources identified below. Within and outside the U of T community, there are people who can help connect you with the assistance you need. The Sexual & Gender Diversity Office is organizing a Community Gathering Space for members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community and will post updates shortly on their website.

Read the full statement by Kelly Hannah-Moffat, VP of People Strategy, Equity & Culture.