In red California, LGTBQ people still feel under threat. 'There's no safe place anywhere'

Rainbow flags fly along Broad Street in rural Nevada City, Calif., in June 2022. (Hailey Branson-Potts / Los Angeles Times)After five people were s...

November 29, 2022
12:34 AM

Rainbow flags fly along Broad Street in rural Nevada City, Calif., in June 2022. (Hailey Branson-Potts / Los Angeles Times)After five people were shot dead in a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colo., Matthew Grigsby thought about Club 501.It was the only gay bar in Redding, a Northern California city of 93,000 that, like Colorado Springs, is deeply religious and conservative.There, Grigsby felt comfortable holding hands or dancing with another man.Club 501 closed this summer, leaving Grigsby and other LGBTQ people without a place where they could be themselves.

Hailey Branson-Potts