Dove Cameron Honors Queer Community at AMAs within the Wake of Colorado Springs Shooting

Dove Cameron dedicates new artist of the year award to the LGBTQ+ community at the 2022 American Music Awards.

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Dove Cameron was topped the brand new artist of the yr on the 2022 American Music Awards on Sunday, and he or she devoted her speech to the LGBTQ+ group within the wake of the Nov. 19 capturing that happened in Colorado Springs, CO. “I wish to begin by saying that each award I ever win will at all times, before everything, be devoted to the queer group at giant,” she stated. “You guys have carved out such an area for me to be myself and to jot down music about it. I’ve by no means felt safer or extra liked and extra supported, and I hope I may give you some semblance of that very same feeling in my music.”

“I wish to remind everyone how vital queer visibility is and the way vital our group is.”

She continued: “On the heels of the tragedy that occurred at Club Q in Colorado Springs, I wish to remind everyone how vital queer visibility is and the way vital our group is. And I wish to direct your consideration to organizations like GLAAD and The Trevor Project for what you are able to do proper now. I wish to remind you that you’re made completely proper and are so liked and so held. And I wish to thanks for supporting me. Thank you for holding this area. I’m holding it for you, too.”

CNN reported {that a} 22-year-old gunman — recognized by Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian Vasquez as Anderson Lee Aldrich — opened fireplace at an LGBTQ+ nightclub, killing 5 individuals and injuring 25 others on Saturday. Police are actually investigating whether or not the assault was a hate crime. “Club Q is a protected haven for our LGBTQ residents,” stated Vasquez. “Every citizen has a proper to really feel protected and safe in our metropolis, to go about our lovely metropolis with out worry of being harmed or handled poorly.”

Listen to Cameron’s full speech forward.

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