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Penn State Shares Resources Following Colorado Springs LGBTQ Nightclub Shooting

Penn State reminded students and faculty of resources that support its sexual and gender diverse communities following the Colorado Springs shooting this weekend.

A gunman entered an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado, shot and killed at least five people, and injured at least 25 others, just before midnight on Saturday.

“We are shocked and saddened by the tragedy unfolding in Colorado Springs, and our hearts go out to the victims and their families,” Brian Patchcoski, assistant vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion in Student Affairs and co-chair of the President’s Commission on LGBTQ Equity (CLGBTQE), said. “With this incident occurring close to various fall and winter holidays, and as we honor Transgender Day of Remembrance on Nov. 20, the tremendous impact of this attack on sexual and gender diverse communities should be noted.”

The university denounced the violence and offered its condolences to all who have been impacted by the attack.

Despite many people being away from campus and traveling this week, numerous resources are available during normal business hours for those who need it.

Students in need of support can contact CAPS, the Penn State Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, the Gender Equity Center, Student Care and Advocacy, and the Community and Belonging Resources. Faculty can check out the Employee Assistance Program, the CSGD, and CenterLink. Details for each resource can be found here.

Additionally, the Penn State Crisis Line is available 24/7 by calling 877-229-6400 and texting “LIONS” to 741741.

“Places like this night club, and other community gathering spaces, have served as places where ‘chosen family’ have historically gathered, especially for our students, faculty, staff and alumni who might be traveling to environments where they might not be able to bring or be their full selves,” the statement said. “A tragedy occurring any time is horrific, however, we must acknowledge the additional pain and instilling of fear that this tragedy might cause as these communities seek to find strength to gather and collectively move forward.”

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