Colorado Springs’ Club Q, a popular LGBTQ nightclub, has announced plans to reopen following a deadly mass shooting that occurred in November 2022. The venue was known as a “safe space” for LGBTQ residents in the area and its closure had a significant impact on the community. However, the management team is determined to restore the club’s status as a beloved gathering place for the LGBTQ community.
The club’s management team is collaborating with the city and a local, woman-owned architecture firm to rebuild the venue. The interior of the building will be gutted to create a new and enhanced space for the community. Within the next four to six weeks, the club hopes to share design concepts for the building’s transformation. The management team is also compensating Club Q employees and other entertainment contractors for wages lost while the venue has been shuttered.
Club Q’s management expects to reopen by the fall with enhanced security measures in place. The club is determined to create a safe environment for its patrons and is taking steps to prevent future incidents. The management team is also planning to add at least one more staff position in the next month to help with the rebuild and community relations.
The management team intends to pay tribute to the five people who were fatally shot during the mass shooting. The memories of Daniel Aston, Raymond Green Vance, Kelly Loving, Ashley Paugh, and Derrick Rump will be honored forever. The club’s statement reads, “their memories will be carried forward and honored forever, while we work to make Club Q a forever home for our LGBTQIA+ community.”
For years, Club Q has provided a critical community space for LGBTQ residents in Colorado Springs and the surrounding areas. The management team is committed to restoring the venue’s status as a safe space for the LGBTQIA+ community. The club’s reopening will be a significant moment for the community, and its efforts to create a safe and welcoming environment will be important for years to come.