LGBTQ+ safe spaces maintain vigilance in wake of attacks nationally

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — National acts of violence or hate encourage a sense of vigilance for the safety of both LGBTQ+ businesses and community members.

Ultimately, there is an understanding that love and alliance far outweighs the negativity here in Philadelphia.

“We have increased patrols on 13th Street near Gayborhood to bring calm to residents and visitors,” Lt. Robert Ryan.

Ryan works in the Philadelphia Police Department and is a member of the Gay Officers Action League.

Working within the community to understand and address any concerns.

“For the public, everything they see or hear is so important because we want to be able to investigate that,” Ryan said.

In North Carolina, thousands were without power for days when someone shot down a substation. The FBI and local authorities are investigating whether the infrastructure attack may have been an attack on the LGBTQ community as a local drag show was shut down.

Five were killed in Colorado Springs when a lone gunman opened fire at an LBGTQ club.

Ian Morrison stars as Brittany Lynn and hosts drag brunches, bingo nights and story hours.

“I myself see a lot of loving and accepting parents and their children,” says Morrison.

Morrison feels deeply embraced by the community. For every event canceled or person who protested, many more shared their support.

“There were about five families for each protest. The protesters don’t live here, they don’t know what Philly is like, you’ll find out,” Morrison said.

Local authorities are aware of the Homeland Security Bulletin, which has issued a nationwide warning of the potential for domestic terrorism. While there is no specific or credible threat in our area, law enforcement is asking for community cooperation.

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