In Remembrance (2013)

TW: No details or descriptions, but this list includes LGBT people who have been murdered and committed suicide.

“None of us can change the way the world was…but each of us now has an important role to play in creating a state where we can celebrate more birthdays and commemorate fewer murders.” – Sylvia Guerrero

This is the list of the people whose stories I am electing to spotlight specifically during this year’s Week of Action. These names are only a portion of those who have lost their lives to anti-LGBT intolerance and violence; they were not the first of their kind and they will likely not be the last. Many were killed in recent years – hate crimes and suicides alike are at record highs in this “progressive” era we supposedly exist in in 2013. Many more of us have faced the same kind of intolerance, but we survive to tell the tale. The fact that there are so many highlights just how much work is still to be done. There are 105 people on the “official” Week of Action 2013 list, up from 69 in 2012, but feel free to recognize anyone whose death has meaning to you.

2013 is a milestone anniversary for 20 individuals on this list: Sanesha Stewart (5), Lawrence King (5), Lateisha Green (5), Eudy Simelane (5), Nakhia Williams (5), Angie Zapata (5), Duanna Johnson (5), Cameron McWilliams (5), Sakia Gunn (10), Emonie Spaulding (10), Nireah Johnson (10), Bella Evangelista (10), Matthew Shepard (15), Rita Hester (15), Nicholas West (20), Brandon Teena (20), Rebecca Wight (25), John Lloyd Griffin (25), Tommy Lee Trimble (25), and Bobby Griffith (30).

Red (Life)

Andrew Anthos

Gwen Araujo

Bill Clayton

Kyra Cordova

Amancio Corrales

Ukea Davis

Lorena Escalera

Steen Fenrich

Sakia Gunn

Fred Martinez Jr.

Rafael Morelos

Ncumisa Mzamelo

Sanesha Stewart

Cathleen Thomas

Brian Williamson

Orange (Healing)

Tyler Clementi

Tiffany Gooden

Bobby Griffith

Rita Hester

Tyra Hunter

Samantha Johnson

Tyli’a Mack

Brandy Martell

Nizah Morris

Thanh Nguyen

Phumeza Nkolonzi

Phillip Parker

Matthew Shepard

Juana Vega

Nicholas West

Yellow (Sunshine)

Justin Aaberg

Courtney Bright

Asher Brown

Jeffrey Fehr

Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar

Lateisha Green

Sean Kennedy

Lawrence King

January Lapuz

Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado

Michael Sandy

Laryssa Silveira

Ryan Skipper

Seth Walsh

Scotty Joe Weaver

Green (Nature)

Lawrence Correa Biancao

Dominic Crouch

Talana Kreeger

Thapelo Makutle

Fred Mangione

Gary Matson

Winfield Mowder

Noxolo Nogwaza

Allen Schindler Jr.

Eudy Simelane

Emonie Spaulding

Rebecca Wight

Julie Williams

Lollie Winans

Vanderson Viegas Silva

Blue (Serenity / Harmony)

Jody Dobrowski

Brandon Elizares

Roxanne Ellis

Dano Fetty

Charlie Howard

Nireah Johnson

Zoliswa Nkonyana

Mollie Olgin

Danny Overstreet

Josh Pacheco

August Provost

Brandon Teena

Stephanie Thomas

Coko Williams

Barry Winchell

Purple (Spirit)

Michelle Abdill

Tiffany Berry

Eric James Borges

Rebecca Dowski

FannyAnn Eddy

Bella Evangelista

Jamie Hubley

Duanna Johnson

Deoni Jones

Chanel Larkin

Jamey Rodemeyer

Agnes Torres Hernandez

Carl Walker-Hoover

Nakhia Williams

Angie Zapata

Rainbow (Hope / Promise)

Jadin Bell

Paige Clay

Guilherme de Souza

John Lloyd Griffin

Billy Lucas

Cameron McWilliams

Puja Mondal

Andritha Morifi

Chanelle Pickett

Jack Reese

Bobby Saha

Gisberta Salce Jr.

Tommy Lee Trimble

Kenneth Weishuhn Jr.

Cassandra Zapata

Author: Meg

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