The Washington State Legislative LGBTQ Caucus released the following statement Friday:

“As members of the Washington State Legislature’s LGBTQ Caucus, we were deeply impacted by the unacceptable actions taken by the Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) on Jan. 26 and 27 at Seattle-area gay bars many of us have visited over the years. The manner of the Board’s enforcement inspections caused immediate fear and trauma to the patrons, shattering their sense of safety. Without immediate action, this breach of trust risks doing lasting harm between our community and the LCB. This enforcement tactic spread fear and impacted people outside of the LGBTQ community as well. We stand with them too.

“We are proud to live and serve in a state that is a beacon of hope and safety to LGBTQ individuals and families from across the nation. We wish to extend our support and commitment to ensuring that trust is not misplaced by an agency whose job it is to create safe communities.”