Campus Messages

An archive of email messages sent to the entire UCSF community by the Chancellor and members of the Chancellor's Cabinet.

Attack on LGBTQ+ in Colorado Springs

Dear UCSF Community,

In Colorado Springs this past weekend, on the eve of Transgender Day of Remembrance, five people lost their lives and at least 25 more were injured in another hate crime against the LGBTQ+ community. If not for the heroic actions of the patrons of the LGBTQ+ nightclub that was targeted, more lives undoubtedly would have been lost.

We at UCSF stand together with our LGBTQ+ colleagues, friends, and family.  

We will continue to love and support them as we call upon lawmakers to pass legislation to protect LGBTQ+ individuals who are facing the growing prevalence of hate-filled language and crimes. Our elected officials also must take more aggressive action to arrest the epidemic of gun violence, which too often is used against individuals and groups simply because of their sexual, gender, racial, religious, or political identity.

The tragic news out of Colorado Springs has been very difficult for many. For anyone who needs assistance, please avail yourself to the counseling and support of our UCSF resource teams:

As individuals and as an institution, we have a responsibility to speak out in support of LGBTQ+ rights. This latest attack reminds us of how our society continues to fail LGBTQ+ people and that we must continue to call for legislation that protects them from targeted discrimination and hate.


J. Renée Navarro, PharmD, MD
Vice Chancellor
Chief Diversity and Outreach Officer