"The simple truth is this: We just want to live. Is that so much to ask?" Pulse survivor Brandon Wolf asked legislators.
The hearing comes as hateful acts and rhetoric continue across the country.
The suspect threatened to kill their grandparents and to become the “next mass killer” more than a year before the deadly Colorado shooting, officials said.
Authorities say the person who would later kill five at a Colorado gay nightclub was on the FBI’s radar before being arrested for threatening to kill family members.
"This is kinda deja vu, reliving it all over again,” said Tiara Latrice Kelley, who performed at Orlando's Pulse nightclub before the 2016 mass shooting there.
"To the youth I say be brave," said Thomas James. "Your family is out there. You are loved and valued. So when you come out of the closet, come out swinging."
Colorado Democrats have questioned why law enforcement did not use the law after the shooting suspect was arrested following a bomb threat in 2021.
Anderson Lee Aldrich is facing possible hate crime charges in the fatal shooting of five people at a Colorado Springs gay nightclub.
"I'm angry because we deserve to live," said LGBTQ activist Brandon Wolf, who survived the Orlando Pulse nightclub massacre.
The suspect in the deadly mass shooting appears to have made a bomb threat last year and is reportedly the grandson of a right-wing California lawmaker.