Sacramento LGBTQ clubs talk safety measures after Pulse shooting

Pride weekend continued in Sacramento on Sunday – but on many people’s minds was 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 at a shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The LGBTQ nightclub and bar scene in Sacramento has stepped up security measures since then. Alyssa Gomez, General Manager of Mango’s, said her club took immediate action following the Pulse shooting.”We did active shooter training with the police department, and all of the businesses around here did that to sort of be prepared. I don’t think you’re ever prepared, and you hope, knock on wood that it never happens,” Gomez said. Gomez added that they have taken even more steps recently. In January, they installed a metal detector at Mango’s to help the security team check for weapons.”We definitely have all of our eyes and ears peeled at all times just to try and keep everybody safe and create an environment where people want to come out,” Gomez said. The Depot, another gay bar in the Lavender Heights area, also said the Pulse nightclub shooting led to increased safety measures at their establishment.”At nighttime, we have security patting down, checking bags, we have a bag size limit,” The Depot Floor Manager Omar Karimzada said. “We try to do as much as possible to make sure eve ryone gets to have fun and be safe at the same time.”The latest numbers from the FBI 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 gender identity. But with more security at local gay clubs in the Sacramento area, many said they still feel safe.”For the most part, I think they do a pretty good job, especially with the amount of people that come in this area,” Sacramento resident Dan Jinks said. Others, however, said they are cautious.”I do feel safe, it’s just you never really know. It could happen at any point anywhere,” Sacramento resident Ciara Levy said.

Pride weekend continued in Sacramento on Sunday – but on many people’s minds was 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 at a shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

The LGBTQ nightclub and bar scene in Sacramento has stepped up security measures since then. Alyssa Gomez, General Manager of Mango’s, said her club took immediate action following the Pulse shooting.

“We did active shooter training with the police department, and all of the businesses around here did that to sort of be prepared. I don’t think you’re ever prepared, and you hope, knock on wood that it never happens,” Gomez said.

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

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A metal detector helps with security at Mango’s.

“We definitely have all of our eyes and ears peeled at all times just to try and keep everybody safe and create an environment where people want to come out,” Gomez said.

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

“At nighttime, we have security patting down, checking bags, we have a bag size limit,” The Depot Floor Manager Omar Karimzada said. “We try to do as much as possible to make sure everyone gets to have fun and be safe at the same time.”

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The Depot, a gay bar in Sacramento’s Lavender Heights area.

The latest numbers from the FBI 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 gender identity.

Hate Crime Stats

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Source: FBI Hate Crime Statistics, 2020

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

“For the most part, I think they do a pretty good job, especially with the amount of people that come in this area,” Sacramento resident Dan Jinks said.

Others, however, said they are cautious.

“I do feel safe, it’s just you never really know. It could happen at any point anywhere,” Sacramento resident Ciara Levy said.

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