September 30, 2003

For Sakia

What was it about the vigil that drew you back into activism?

Those kids. I have never seen so many kids just falling apart. I mean, their grief and their pain was... it was just so deep. These were mostly young African-American lesbians. And I'm wondering, Where are their parents? The kids don't have any place to go.

[ from Bernard J. Tarver a very recent and welcome addition to my blogroll ] :

A Movement Grows in Newark, an interview by Jessica DuLong for the Advocate.

Outraged by the stabbing death of 15-year-old lesbian Sakia Gunn in Newark, N.J., last May, longtime gay rights activist LaQuetta Nelson decided to create a place where gay and lesbian youth could find safety and get support. After learning that Gunn had been killed when she rebuffed the sexual advances of two men, the 48-year-old Nelson attended a vigil held by Gunn’s friends and then decided to come out of retirement from activism and begin a campaign to build a new community center in Newark. Nelson, founder of the New Jersey Stonewall Democrats, had retired from activism just three months prior.

Getting support for the center has proved daunting, but Nelson is pushing forward, asking others to give time and money to what she sees as an important community need. She launched the Newark Pride Alliance to organize the effort and the Sakia Gunn Memorial Fund to manage donations.

The Advocate spoke with Nelson about her recent involvement with Newark’s gay youth and the difficulties she has faced in making the center a reality. > > >

Posted by ronn at September 30, 2003 08:44 PM

Comments
My prayers goes out to the family, friends and girlfriend of sakia Gunn. As me bing a black 17 year gay girl in saint petersburg fl makes me want to take a stand and let these people know that we are pride of who we are and not what we are made of. R.I.P SAKIA GUNN Posted by: Nikita Darby on December 8, 2003 09:10 AM
I MISS U MY FRIEND AND I KNOW U LOOKIN UPON US NOMORE TEAR NOMORE PAIN AND NOMORE FUSS FINALLY MY NIXXA UR LOOKIN UPON US WE MISS U MORE AS THE DAYZ PAST BY BUT IT HURT ME TO KNOW I NEVER GOT A CHANCE TO SAY GOODBYE WE MISS U Posted by: keita (TWISTA) on December 10, 2003 03:21 PM
i hope they dont stop to justice be done Posted by: boo boo on January 21, 2004 10:45 AM
every day i just wish this shit was not true but it is and sakia i miss you and i love you you was the only girl i was really beat over but each day iam gettin closer of seeing you again ill see you when i get there Posted by: blu diamond on January 21, 2004 10:50 AM
---- whoever killed Sakia Posted by: Rainbowette Kay on January 22, 2004 04:24 PM
i might not of known her but i'm a 15 year old girl in pennsylvania i know how it is to be terrized for who you are and you love so while many of us grow and learn we shall get wiser and teach those ignorant bastards a lesson we stand strong and speak out we shall all hold our heads up high and never deny who we are my blessings and much respect to sakia's loved ones r.i.p sakia your story will save many Posted by: brittney on January 30, 2004 01:13 AM
its a shame dat people still look at us in such a discuss..it really doesnt matter tho as long as we r proud of being us...sakia we miss u boo..n i think of u everyday ...its shame u had 2 go because of that man. He took u away from us..i kno ur watchin ova the rainbow family..we will stick together as one till we meet again..love u ...~1~ Posted by: Passion a.k.a Nia on April 3, 2004 01:45 PM
I still feel the blood boiling everytime I run across an article that is PROOF that there is no compassion for things not understood...what kind of world do we live in that allows people to turn their backs on the loss of life...I don't understand a world that protects unborn children but won't lift a finger to protect and nurture youth struggling with the FEAR that not only might they be killed by a stray bullet from gang related activity, but now also because they are PROUD of being human and individual...I blame AMERICA for the loss of her life...but her legacy will live on...in all those like myself who will no longer be victimized or watch others be victimized...in SILENCE...I have dedicate the rest of my journey to helping youth croos the bridge safetly into adulthood and security in who they are...TO THE FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF SAKIA GUNN...MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU...JUST KNOW SAKIA DID NOT PERISH IN THE STREETS OF NEWARK BECAUSE SHE LIVES FOREVER IN EACH SOUL THAT KNOWS HER STORY.... LET'S WORK SO THIS NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN....IF WE CAN STAND AND FIGHT LYNCINGS WE CAN SAVE THE LGBTQ FROM VIOLENT ATTACKS SUCH AS THIS ONE.... LET US WAKE UP AND UNITE... HOW MANY TRAGEDIES CAN WE IGNORE... Posted by: Felicia on April 16, 2004 04:05 PM
Sakia you will be missed but you are still in my heart.Ihave much love for her family Posted by: larainbow on April 23, 2004 01:03 PM
you will be missed forever you're always in my heart Posted by: Fahnominal on December 19, 2004 05:41 PM
I didn't know Sakia, but she was a brave AG and she will always be remembered in the gay community. She will always be loved and missed. I wish I would've known her. Posted by: Martika aka Rainbow Child on April 30, 2005 11:07 PM