Preached at, spat on, threatened, Colorado Springs' transgender community grapples with the Club Q attack

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“This demonizing vitriol has done more than spark a wave of anti-trans legislation, according to Heron Greenesmith, a senior research analyst at Political Research Associates who monitors anti-LGBTQ rhetoric. ‘It is a harassment campaign,’ Greenesmith told Insider, one that may embolden perpetrators to take action.”

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But in the middle of all of that was Club Q. Club Q was a refuge, an "island," several transgender and gender-nonconforming locals told Insider.