How Club Q is Rebuilding with Pride in Colorado Springs
Approaching the one-year anniversary of the Club Q mass shooting that claimed five lives, the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC continues to think about the victims’ families and loved ones, the LGBTQ+ community, and all of those impacted. Violence and hatred against any group is not representative of our city and its values, and the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC strives to inspire a community where everyone can be their true, authentic selves without fear of discrimination or violence.
The Chamber & EDC celebrates the growing diversity of our city and its many positive impacts to our region. We are committed to advancing an inclusive environment for individuals and businesses, providing resources and support to diverse talent looking to relocate and put down roots in our community.
The Future of Club Q
In collaboration with the city of Colorado Springs and the women-owned architecture firm HB&A, Club Q is close to beginning construction of its new facility at a new location — complete with a fresh design concept and enhanced security measures. Now dubbed as simply The Q, the nightclub is being rebuilt in remembrance of the five victims.
The Q will be managed and operated by survivors of the shooting and will host bingo, karaoke, drag shows, and have several arcade video games on premises. Owners plan to share more details about the nightclub’s reopening in the future.
Mental Health Resources for Pride in Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs has several mental health hotlines and behavioral health facilities to help individuals affected by the Club Q tragedy cope throughout the grieving process.
- Colorado Crisis Services has helped over 1 million Coloradans by connecting them to crisis counselors, professionals trained in grief therapy, and other resources. Individuals can call 1-844-493-8255 or text “TALK” to 38255 for services.
- Cedar Springs Hospital is a trusted behavioral health facility in Colorado.
- Diversus Health is the largest behavioral health care provider in El Paso County, offering a 24/7 walk-in crisis center that can help treat individuals with trauma exposure, feelings of depression or anxiety, suicidal thoughts and tendencies, and more. If uninsured, the service provider will work with a patient to find a solution to their individual situation.
- Since the early 1990s, the nonprofit Inside Out Youth Center has worked to create a safe space for LGBTQIA2+ youth between the ages of 13-24 in the El Paso County region.
- Trans Lifeline is a nonprofit operated by more than 600 trained operators who identify as transexual and can offer support to individuals in the community who do not feel comfortable contacting standard emergency services. Their offices can be reached at 877-565-8860.
- Peak View Behavioral Health provides around-the-clock care for all ages seeking help and support for mental health or addiction issues. They offer free, confidential assessments for anyone in need at 719-444-8484.
El Paso County has many other behavioral health resources, ranging from crisis to non-crisis services.
Colorado Springs is leaning into its efforts to be known as a supportive community for all — regardless of race, age, religion, disability, gender identity, or gender expression. If you are interested in opening an LGBTQ-owned business in Colorado Springs, check out the Chamber & EDC’s step-by-step guide for opening a business, COSOpenforBiz.