LiveWell Colorado’s Statement on the Shooting in Orlando

DENVER, CO - JUNE 13: Mark Wonder waves his rainbow color Colorado flag as he and about 2,000 supporters attended the PFLAG Denver chapter candle vigil June 13, 2016 at Cheeseman Park. A silent candle vigil was held in support of the tragic event at Pulse Night Club in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo By John Leyba/The Denver Post)

LiveWell-PrideLike so many others, we were saddened and horrified at the news from Orlando where an LGBTQ nightclub was attacked, on Latin night, by a lone gunman. As we continue to develop our efforts to eliminate health disparities among all Coloradans and work to remove barriers to healthy lifestyles, we recognize that for Colorado’s diverse LGBTQ community, violence and safety concerns are significant barriers to health. According to the FBI, roughly 20 percent of hate crimes committed in the US are carried out against LGBTQ-identified people and surveys show that more than half of LGBTQ-identified Americans worry about becoming victims of such crimes. A four-year study conducted by the National Coalition of Antiviolence Programs also reported that, among the LGBTQ community, trans women and LGBTQ people of color experienced the greatest risk of homicide.

LiveWell Colorado reaffirms its commitment to working with diverse communities across our state. We extend our deepest sympathies to those affected by this senseless massacre.

Upcoming Vigils in Colorado:


June 15, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Survivors Organizing for Liberation (SOL) and Buried Seedz of Resistance (BSEEDZ)
4130 N. Tejon St, Denver, CO 80211
Event Link

Grand Junction

June 15th, 7pm
City of Grand Junction City Hall
250 N 5th St, Grand Junction, Colorado 81501
Event Link 

June 19th, 12pm
First Congregational Church United Church of Christ
1425 N 5th St, Grand Junction, Colorado 81501
Event Link

Fort Collins

June 16th, 6pm
Resthaven Memorial Gardens
8426 S. Hwy 287 Fort Collins, CO 80525
Event Link


June 15th at 8pm
UNC Garden Theatre
18th St & 10th Ave, Greeley, Colorado 80631
Event Link 



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