At a House hearing on Wednesday, victims of violent anti-LGBTQ crimes shared their experiences. Democrats connected this rise in violence to Republican rhetoric and policies.
The last hearing of the recent Congress was held on Wednesday, and it was ruled over by Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), chairwoman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee.
The hearing takes place just over a month after a shooter opened fire at Club Q, an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, killing five people and injuring over a dozen more. The shooter’s suspect, 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich, has already been charged with 305 charges, including hate crimes and murder.
Maloney and House Democrats claimed on Wednesday that the more than 300 state and federal measures that have been presented in the past year alone that aim to restrict how LGBTQ people, mainly transgender children, conduct their daily lives have had an impact on tragedies like the club shooting.
Maloney claimed on Wednesday that “these awful pieces of legislation have encouraged a dangerous rise in radical anti-LGBTQI+ rhetoric.”