January 8, 2011 at 4:24 pm EDT | by Staff reports
Pro-LGBT congresswoman shot

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a pro-LGBT Democrat from Arizona, was shot and seriously wounded at a constituent meeting Saturday in Tucson.

She was among at least 12 people shot at the event; at least five have died, including a 9-year-old child and a federal judge, according to media reports. A hospital surgeon confirmed that Giffords is out of surgery and said he is “very optimistic about recovery.”

The Human Rights Campaign gave Giffords an 81 percent pro-LGBT rating on its congressional scorecard for the 110th Congress. She supported repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and supports a trans-inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

HRC released the following statement in response to the shooting: “We are shocked and saddened by the events involving Congresswoman Giffords and our hearts go out to her and the other victims of this awful tragedy. Gabby Giffords is a champion for LGBT equality and a principled leader for Arizona. We wish her a speedy recovery as our thoughts and prayers are with her family as well as with the families of all of those touched by today’s horrific violence.”

Giffords was among a group of 20 members of Congress targeted by Sarah Palin on her website for supporting health care reform. Palin’s site included a map with Giffords’ district depicted in crosshairs. Police have a suspect in custody; officials have not yet said whether they think the shooting is linked to Palin’s site. The map has been removed from Palin’s site.

  • Okay so now that someone’s been shot because of some crazy tea party lunatic, is it going to go away. Seriously the tea party is insane………..

  • If a middle class Democrat or Green had a gun target map with Republican members of congress on it, that person already would be in prison.

  • This article is ridiculous. First of all, the Blade is the house organ of HRC. There is no quote from a conservative though every homocon I know is very upset about this horrible event and many were friends with her. Second, the killer was a leftist, not a conservative or tea party person as you reported. She was not lefty enough so got shot in the head. Get your facts right. Read the Wa Post.

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