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Colorado Springs shooting: Anderson Aldrich is not binary, lawyers say amid reports of father’s past in porn

An army veteran reports on fighting a Colorado Springs gunman

Suspect in the Colorado Springs shooting, Anderson Lee Aldrich, faces at least five counts of murder and five counts of a bias crime of bodily harm.

At least five people were killed and 18 others injured when a 22-year-old suspect barged into an LGBT+ nightclub just before midnight on Saturday and opened fire with an AR-15 rifle.

The suspect was subdued by army veteran Richard Fierro with the help of a transgender woman who stepped on the suspect.

Police listed the names of the five people who died: Kelly Loving, Daniel Aston, Derrick Rump, Ashley Paugh and Raymond Green Vance, listing their pronouns along with their names.

Details about Aldrich kept leaking out. In Tuesday’s lawsuit, public defenders argued that Aldrich is not a binary person and uses the pronouns “they/them”.

Reports also indicate that Aldrich had a difficult upbringing with a father who used drugs and worked in the porn industry, and a mother with multiple arrests.

Aldrich is due to appear in court for the first time via video link on Wednesday.

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Right-wing commentators grab a suspect who claims to identify as non-binary

Anderson Aldrich’s public defenders said in court records Tuesday night that the suspect in the Colorado Springs mass shooting identifies as non-binary.

The court’s conclusion was received with skepticism that it may be intentionally misleading, as there is no evidence from prosecutors or family that Aldrich used their/their pronouns prior to his arrest.

In fact, Aldrich’s neighbors said everyday beast that the suspect frequently used homophobic slurs.

Many right-wing commentators naively accepted the lawsuit.

Colorado Springs shooting suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich and his mother Laura Voepel in a photo uploaded to CNN

(CNN)

Bevan HurleyNovember 23, 2022 14:57

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Mass shooting at Virginia Walmart on Thanksgiving Eve

Yet another community was rocked by a late-night shooting, this time at a Walmart department store in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Police identified the suspect as a disgruntled employee who allegedly shot six people before turning the gun on himself.

Bevan HurleyNovember 23, 2022 14:40

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ICYMI: Who were the victims?

The attacker burst into the Q club and opened fire just before midnight on Saturday, opening fire with an AR-15 rifle and handgun.

Suspect – identified by police as 22-year-old Anderson Aldrich, allegedly shot five people; two bartenders, a mother of only child out for a night out, a transgender woman, and a local man celebrating a friend’s birthday.

Police initially said 25 people were injured in the attack, but revised that number to 18 on Monday. Many suffered horrific injuries and face a long recovery.

Here’s what we know about the dead:

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No updates from the police until next week

A new update has arrived with Colorado Springs Police Department on Tuesday – but that didn’t mean much.

“Right now, the next expected press release will be on Monday, November 28; The Colorado Springs Police Department does not expect updates from time to time.

“Please note that there are ongoing legal proceedings over which we have no influence. If information becomes available as a result of legal proceedings, we will notify our community via various social media platforms and media alerts.

“If the suspect’s photo becomes available, we will publish it through the same channels.”

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Opinion: The terrible hypocrisy of Lauren Boebert’s “thoughts and prayers.”

Congresswoman from Colorado Lauren Boebert is ‘morally responsible’ for Saturday night violence, writes gender-failed journalist Skylar Baker-Jordan Independent.

Ms Boebert tweeted on Sunday morning that “the victims and their families are in my prayers”, adding: “This unlawful violence must end quickly.”

But in the opinion of a piece for Indian voices, Skylar writes, “Boebert and her sneaky, cruel and hateful allies should at least have the decency to spare us their platitudes. This environment, dangerous to LGBTQ Americans, is the one they created. They reap what they sow.

“What happened in Colorado Springs was infuriatingly predictable precisely because of the environment the right wing created. When you lie to the American people and tell them that the entire demographic of their fellow citizens is a threat to their children and their freedom by demonizing them as predators and perverts, you must expect deadly consequences.

“We’ve been warning about this for two years now, telling you how scared we were, how wrong you were, how dangerous it was… and now five innocent people are dead.”

Read Skylar Baker-Jordan’s full article:

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Reports claim that Aldrich had a difficult childhood

In the aftermath of the shooting, there were several reports of Aldrich’s troubled childhood.

Aldrich’s biologists split up when Aldrich was a toddler and reportedly had many run-ins with the law.

Allegedly, Aldrich’s father used drugs and worked in the porn industry.

It has been speculated that Aldrich – who according to public defenders is not a binary person – changed his name from Nicholas Brink to his current one at the age of 15 to distance himself from his father.

Independents Bevan Hurley has more information on the name change:

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Public defenders say Aldrich is not binary and uses the pronouns “they/them”.

Public defenders representing shooting suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich said their client is not binary and uses “they/them” pronouns.

Lawyers made a statement in court on Tuesday night before Aldrich appeared in court on Wednesday.

The filing identified Aldrich as non-binary for the first time.

It comes amid speculation about the motive for Sunday’s shooting at Club Q, an LGBT+ venue in Colorado Springs.

Although the motive has not been officially determined by the police, it is widely believed that it was an anti-LGBTQ attack.

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Dragists Reject GOP Claims of ‘Sexualizing Children’

It is worth examining carefully what lies behind the claim that drug shows are inherently sexual, as many conservative politicians and pundits have argued (both before and after the Colorado Springs shooting).

Republican lawmakers sought to ban child-pulling parties, describing them as “kinky sex displays” and part of “a trend where perverted adults are obsessed with sexualizing young children.”

But in an interview with Independent director in June Drag Queen Story Hour – an LGBT+ education charity that organizes children’s book readings by drug performers in schools, libraries and bookstores – has strongly rejected the idea that drug is inherently sexual.

“I’m not going to lie and say drag is never sexualized because drag is an art form and can be sexual like anything else,” executive (and drag artist) Jonathan Hamilt told me.

“Draging with adults in an adult setting can be sexual, sure. Is it sexual in Drag Queen Story Hour? Not! Do you take your kids to an R-rated movie? I hope not.

“R-rated movies are played by actors, and those same actors can star in a family-friendly comedy that is G-rated … a drag show at an adult bar, in the evening, with alcohol, is different from Drag Queen Story Hour” non-profit event at 11:00 in the public library.

Io DoddsNovember 23, 2022 08:52

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A Colorado poet mentions Club Q

Many people share this poem by former Colorado Springs resident James Davis, a poet and editor who spent most of his life in the Rocky Mountains town.

“I’m queer / in a military town / where cadets / count football scores in push-ups / and Blue Angels soar in the sky.”

Others shared “Jesus at the Gay Bar” by British transgender poet Jay Hulme, who tells the biblical parable of Jesus healing a bleeding woman to explore shame and LGBT+ conversion therapy.

Io DoddsNovember 23, 2022 07:46

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“It’s like we feel a coming tragedy”

One Colorado Springs resident says there is “growing hatred” of the LGBT+ community in his city.

Said Parker Grey, 25 years old NBC News: “You can just feel it. As a community that has experienced so much grief and loss after so many years, you can almost feel the tragedy coming.

“The numbers thinned out at [Club Q] with Covid of course, but I think people have started to fear for their safety again, like in 2016 when Pulse happened.”

Colorado Springs has also witnessed recent controversy over LGBT+ inclusion in schools. A member of the local school board apologized earlier this year for sharing a transphobic meme on social media, while a transgender teen said she was excluded from prom because she was wearing a dress.

Another resident, who was previously a member of an evangelical megachurch before coming out as gay, told The New York Times that the shooting was “definitely a wake-up call”, concluding, “It’s still not safe.”

Io DoddsNovember 23, 2022 06:40

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