Lawmaker: Nightclub shooting the result of repeated 'tropes, insults, and misinformation'

Colorado state Rep. Brianna C. Titone, D-Westminster, looks over bills while waiting for Colorado Gov. Jared Polis to make his first State of the State address to a joint session of the Colorado Legislature, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado state Rep. Brianna Titone (D) on Monday said the deadly shooting that left five people dead and 25 wounded at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colo., was the result of “tropes, insults, and misinformation” about the community.

“The LGBTQ+ community woke up this morning to yet another horrific event of murder. When politicians and pundits keep perpetuating tropes, insults, and misinformation about the trans and LTBGQ community, this is a result. I’m angry & my heart breaks for those who lost their lives,” Titone, who is transgender, wrote on Twitter.

“There’s no surprise that the repeated villianization of the LGBTQ+ community has led to violence,” she said, sharing an article from the Denver Post featuring advocates’ arguments on how anti-LGBTQ rhetoric contributes to violence against the group.

Titone is Colorado’s first out transgender lawmaker, according to the Denver Post.

Though the shooting suspect’s motive is still unknown, the attack at Club Q notably fell on the eve of Transgender Day of Remembrance, which honors transgender Americans who have been murdered.