Seattle LGTBQ business on edge after Colorado Springs shooting

Julia’s on Broadway had increased security, but incidents like the mass shooting at a Colorado Springs nightclub only added to community concerns.

SEATTLE – Despite the tragic LGBTQ nightclub shooting that occurred in Colorado Springs, many people across Seattle are feeling the pain of Saturday night’s incident that left five people dead. That includes a business in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle that has ties to a Colorado Springs nightclub.

Places like Julia’s on Broadway in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood are considered safe havens for many.

“For people to come and have such hatred to take that away from people because it really happens, it scares the community into going to the places designated for us, so that we can be safe,” said Shay Fox, host and executive producer at the iconic brunch spot.

Fox said hearing about Saturday’s mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs was terrifying and even more disturbing because one of her close friends was one of the managers. nightclub.

“I contacted her and she said ‘I’m heartbroken, I’m numb, it’s a myth that these things are still happening in 2022, it’s scary,'” Fox said.

Unfortunately in this day and age, many people in the LGBTQ community face fears about people inciting hatred and violence in their spaces on a daily basis, Fox said. Even at Julia’s, which solved its own case a few months ago involving a man and a gun.

“We had some aggressive people on Capitol Hill, it was just a reach, and we went in and dealt with it,” Fox said.

Fox said Julia’s now has a secure protocol that includes several security checkpoints for patrons. Now, employees also receive intensive training in crisis and emergency situations.

“There will be people who oppose us, because of the way we choose to live and the way we choose to entertain,” Fox said. “We can’t let that let us down and what doesn’t stand in our way only makes us stronger.”

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Edmund DeMarche

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