Sacramento LGBTQ Clubs Talk Safety Measures on Anniversary of Pulse Shooting

Pride weekend continued in Sacramento on Sunday – but in many people’s minds, Sunday’s Pulse nightclub shooting marked exactly six years since June 12, 2016, when 49 people were killed. and more than 50 others were injured in a shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The LGBTQ nightclub and bar scene in Sacramento has tightened security measures since then. Alyssa Gomez, managing director of Mango’s, said her club took immediate action after the Pulse shooting. you’re always prepared and you’re hoping to knock on wood that this never happens,” Gomez said. Gomez added that they’ve taken even more action recently. In January, they installed a metal detector at Mango to “We definitely have all eyes and ears open at all times just to try to keep everyone safe and create an environment where people want to go out,” Gomez told The Depot , another gay bar in the Lavender Heights area, also said the shooting at Pulse nightclub has resulted in heightened security measures at their establishment as much as possible to ensure eve ryone can have fun and be safe. security at the same time.” The latest FBI figures show that in 2020, 20% of hate crime victims in the United States were targeted because of their sexual orientation – and nearly 3% were targeted because of their identity of gender. But with more security at local gay clubs in the Sacramento area, many said they still felt safe. said Dan Jinks, a Sacramento resident. Others, however, said they were cautious. “I feel safe, you just never really know. It could happen anytime, anywhere,” Sacramento resident Ciara Levy said.

Pride weekend continued in Sacramento on Sunday – but many people were thinking about the Pulse nightclub shooting.

Sunday marked exactly six years since June 12, 2016, when 49 people were killed and more than 50 others were injured in a shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Sacramento’s LGBTQ nightclub and bars have since tightened security measures. Alyssa Gomez, managing director of Mango’s, said her club took immediate action after the Pulse shooting.

“We went through active shooter training with the police department, and every company here has done that to be kind of prepared. I don’t think you’re ever prepared, and hopefully, knock on wood that never happens,” Gomez said.

Gomez added that they have taken even more action recently. In January, they installed a metal detector at Mango to help the security team check for weapons.

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A metal detector contributes to security at Mango’s.

“We definitely have all eyes and ears open at all times just to try to keep everyone safe and create an environment where people want to hang out,” Gomez said.

The Depot, another gay bar in the Lavender Heights area, also said the shooting at Pulse nightclub led to increased security measures at their establishment.

“At night we have security checks, bag checks, we have a bag size limit,” said depot manager Omar Karimzada. the same time.”

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The Depot, a gay bar in the Lavender Heights neighborhood of Sacramento.

The latest FBI figures show that in 2020, 20% of hate crime victims in the United States were targeted because of their sexual orientation – and almost 3% were targeted because of their gender identity.

Hate crime statistics

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Source: FBI Hate Crime Statistics, 2020

But with more safety at local gay clubs in the Sacramento area, many said they still felt safe.

“For the most part, I think they’re doing a really good job, especially with the number of people coming to this area,” Sacramento resident Dan Jinks said.

Others, however, say they are cautious.

“I feel safe, you just never really know. It could happen anytime, anywhere,” Sacramento resident Ciara Levy said.

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