More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
The LGBT Community Mourns the Loss of Activist Brandon Lacy Campos
Community activist and writer Brandon Lacy Campos, was found dead on Friday in New York City, according to Rod 2.0.
Campos, 35, was born in Minnesota and began his life as an activist as a teen becoming the co-chair of the National Queer Student Coalition. Most recently, Campos served as the co-executive director for the group Queers for Economic Justice and dedicated his life to writing candidly in magazines and blogs about his mixed-race heritage, his status as an HIV-positive man.
Campos was also a poet publishing and anthology of his work, It Ain't Truth If It Doesn't Hurt and contributing to the Advocate’s 2011 anthology, From Macho to Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction.
News of Campos' death spread quickly across cyberspace. Kenyon Farrow, the author, social activist and very good friend of the Campos, was among the first to report the tragic news and dozens of tributes have been posted to Farrow's Facebook. "I'm still in shock to find out less than an hour ago that my friend William Brandon Lacy Campos," the former executive director of Queers for Economic Justice said in a Facebook status mesage. "I'm in a state of disbelief."
Our thoughts and condolences are with the Brandon’s family and friends.