Nebraska LGBTQ+ community concerned after shootings in Colorado

Advocates and allies for the Nebraska LGBTQ+ community say they feel they have been attacked. They are speaking on the heels of the deadly mass shooting in Colorado Springs that left five dead and at least 17 wounded. “It scares me. It feels close to home,” said Jenn Dunn, co-owner of Butterfly Bakery in Lincoln. Dunn is openly gay and her bakery is inclusive with a banner reading “Love is Love” on the wall and a gender pronoun. Bellboy at the counter. Dunn said the tragedy in Colorado is heartbreaking but not surprising. “The hate of the past few years has been excused and condoned and even championed by political figures,” Dunn said. hour was canceled in Lincoln due to death threats and again when the Lincoln City Council voted to withdraw a city ordinance that would extend protections for people regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. right to survive and live and not be discriminated against,” Dunn said. OutNebraska’s Abby Swatsworth said the political rhetoric used by some has gone too far. ning books with LBGTQ content, that rhetoric matters. It puts our community at risk,” Swatsworth said. Governor Pete Ricketts condemned the shooting in Colorado. “This type of violence has no place in our society. And we just pray for the victims of this horrible incident,” Ricketts said. When asked about his recent campaign contributions to Nebraska Board of Education candidates who criticized health education standards that included the identity of gender and gender stereotypes, he said he didn’t believe anyone. He was labeled as predators or hairdressers. “I didn’t say that. And I didn’t see any other candidate say that. What we saw was that parents were upset with these inappropriate sex education standards and it showed in the elections,” Ricketts said. Dunn said she is concerned about her employees, many of whom are LGBTQ+, but that she has faith in the Lincoln community. “Thankfully, the Lincoln community has shown us so much love and support that I genuinely believe in our amazing community that has surrounded us and built around us, that if something went wrong, they would support us. And I know that for sure,” Dunn said. .

Advocates and allies for the Nebraska LGBTQ+ community say they feel they have been attacked.

They are speaking on the heels of the deadly mass shooting in Colorado Springs that left five dead and at least 17 wounded.

“It scares me. It feels like home,” said Jenn Dunn, co-owner of Butterfly Bakery in Lincoln.

Dunn is openly gay and his bakery is inclusive with a banner reading “Love is Love” on the wall and buttons with gender pronouns on the counter.

Dunn said the tragedy in Colorado is heartbreaking but not surprising.

“In recent years, hate has been excused and condoned and even advocated by political figures,” Dunn said.

He felt it recently after an hour of “Drag Queen Story” in Lincoln was canceled due to death threats and again when the Lincoln City Council voted to withdraw a city ordinance that would extend protections for people regardless of their age. sexual orientation or gender identity.

“It frustrated me that we still have to keep fighting for just enough to survive and live and not be discriminated against,” Dunn said.

OutNebraska’s Abby Swatsworth said the political rhetoric used by some has gone too far.

“Marginalizing our community by using language that refers to us as groomers or predators. Ban books with LBGTQ content, that rhetoric matters. It puts our community at risk,” Swatsworth said.

Governor Pete Ricketts condemned the shooting in Colorado.

“This type of violence has no place in our society. And we just pray for the victims of this horrible incident,” Ricketts said.

When asked about his recent campaign contributions to Nebraska Board of Education candidates who criticized health education standards that included gender identity and gender stereotypes, he said he didn’t think anyone was labeled as a predator or groomer.

“I didn’t say that. And I didn’t see any other candidate say that. What we saw was that parents were upset with these inappropriate sex education standards and it showed up in the election,” Ricketts said.

Dunn said she is concerned about her employees, many of whom are LGBTQ+, but that she has faith in the Lincoln community.

“Thankfully, the Lincoln community has shown us so much love and support that I genuinely believe in our amazing community that surrounded us and built around us, that if something went wrong, they would support us. And I know that for a fact,” Dunn said. .

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