Baltimore, MD. – November 20, 2022 was International Transgender Day of Remembrance, where those transgender individuals who lost their lives to the violence of transphobia are honored. A person choosing this particular day to attack Club Q in Colorado Springs, killing five people and injuring 19 more, amplifies this tragedy. Club Q and other clubs like it have long served as a refuge for people in the LGBTQIA+ communities and their allies. Yesterday should have been a day of celebration and affirmation.

House of Ruth Maryland sends condolences and comfort to the loved ones of those killed and to those who were injured. We condemn the violence and the continued traumas inflicted upon those who identify as LGBTQIA+. House of Ruth Maryland stands with them in demanding their right to exist safely.

Below are local, state and national resources that may be helpful:

Chase Brexton Center for LGBTQ Health Equity, www.chasebrexton.org, 410-837-2050

Heath care services, education, training, research and advocacy to end health disparities that exist within LGBTQ communities

Hearts & Ears, 410-870-5604, www.heartsandears.org

Nonprofit offering peer-led mental and behavioral health support to LGBTQIA+ people

Montgomery County Pride Center, www.mocopridecenter.org, 240-542-8772

Designed to serve the LGBTQ community and its allies in Montgomery County.

National Alliance on Mental Health Helpline, 800-950-6264

Free, nationwide peer-support service providing information, resource referrals and support to people living with a mental health condition, their family members and caregivers, mental health providers, and the public

PFLAG Baltimore, plfagbaltimore@gmail.com

Confidential peer support, education, and advocacy for LGBTQ+ people, their parents and families, and allies

Pride Center of Maryland, www.pridecenter.org, 443-873-0369

Uniting and empowering sexual and gender minorities in Maryland, and to advocate for a better quality of life the entire community

The Trevor Project, 866-488-7386 or text TREVOR to 202-304-1200

Suicide prevention and crisis intervention for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning young people

Trans Lifeline, 877-565-8860

Peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers