Anderson Lee Aldrich, the suspect who allegedly shot and killed five people and injured at least 18 others over the weekend at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado, identifies as non-binary and uses “they/them” pronouns, a court heard Tuesday. Night.
Aldrich, 22, faces multiple murder and hate crime charges stemming from last weekend’s shooting.
However, Aldrich’s public defender revealed that Aldrich is “nonbinary” and uses “they/them pronouns,” the New York Times mentionted. In addition to the pronouns, Aldrich is referred to as “Mx. Aldrich” in court filings.
“Anderson Aldrich is non-binary,” a footnote in archiving states. “They use their/their pronouns and for the purposes of all standard filings, will be referred to as Mx. Aldrich.”
In a new court filing, public defenders for the suspect in the mass shooting at a Colorado gay club that left 5 people dead say their client is non-binary and “uses they/them” pronouns. The lawyers refer to their client as Mx. Anderson Aldrich. pic.twitter.com/dPaUpiFXKN
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News of Aldrich’s gender identity came after Democrats and members of the corporate press politicized the shooting and blamed Republicans for the tragedy.
For example, NBC’s Ben Collins claimed that “Republican politicians” and the “far-right Internet machine” were targeting LGBTQ+ people in the months leading up to the nightclub shooting.
“But I think we have to have a come-to-Jesus moment here as journalists,” Collins told MSNBC. “Are we more afraid of being on Breitbart because we say trans people deserve to be alive, or are we more afraid of the dead? Because I’m more afraid of the dead.”
Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) accused Colorado Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert of being a “bigot” who motivated the shooter shortly after Boebert issued a statement condemning the violence in her home state.
“[email protected] you have been instrumental in elevating anti-LGBT+ hate speech and anti-trans lies while spending your time in Congress blocking even the most commonplace gun safety laws,” Ocasio-Cortez he tweeted. “You don’t get to ‘thoughts and prayers’ to get out of it. Look within and change.”
“Dehumanizing rhetoric leads to dehumanizing actions, which quickly translate into violence, shootings, assaults and worse,” Cortez added in an Instagram post about Bobert.
Aldrich is scheduled to make a mock court appearance from jail on Wednesday Denver Post mentionted.