Monday, October 25, 2010

NYC Gay Youth Activist Joseph Jefferson Commits Suicide

"Twenty-six-year-old Joseph Jefferson of Brooklyn, New York reportedly committed suicide on Saturday by hanging, friends and associates of the former gay youth activist and HIV peer educator tell Rod 2.0. By most accounts, Jefferson was a true LGBT youth pioneer. The 2002 graduate of New York City's Harvey Milk High School later worked on HIV prevention and outreach for Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD) and the now-shuttered People of Color in Crisis (POCC), New York City's leading HIV/AIDS groups for Black gay men," reports Rod 2.0.

Joseph Jefferson's Facebook page is now locked but over the weekend his last status message read:
"I could not bear the burden of living as a gay man of color in a world grown cold and hateful towards those of us who live and love differently than the so-called 'social mainstream'. "
Read the full story at Rod 2.0.

Very sad news. My condolences to Joseph's family and friends.