HOLLAND, Mich. — People in the U.S. and around the world are responding to shooting at a Colorado Springs nightclub on Sunday morning.

So are organizations and advocates here in West Michigan who say there are several ways to support the LGBTQ+ community, even if you’re not part of it.

Jeffrey Sorenson, an LGBTQ+ advocate, spoke about supporting people at the local level.

“Volunteer for organizations that work with the LGBTQ+ community and just make sure you’re aware of the terminology and using the right pronouns, things like that,” Sorenson said. “These little things can go a long way in making a person feel welcome and belong, and to feel loved for who they are.”

The act of violence in Colorado Springs occurred on National Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to honor those who have been killed because of their identity.

Kate Leighton-Colburn, Executive Director of Out on the Lakeshore, spoke about the importance of remembrance.

“Remember their names. Record their names. Whether it’s saying their names out loud to family and friends, celebrating their life and mourning their death, or posting about it on social media. Spread the word in whatever way you can in your schools, your workplaces, your religious institutions,” Leighton-Colburn said.

“If we don’t remember them, we do them a disservice,” she added.

The Grand Rapids Pride Center also responded to the shooting, sharing a response on Facebook that said in part that “hate and violence have no place in our community.”

The center added that members “deserve a healthy and safe life free from violence, discrimination and fear.”

To learn more about the LGBTQ+ community or to help support, see this list.

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