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There is very unfortunate news today as yet another young gay man has taken his own life. 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. 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’. “

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. More recently, Joseph Jefferson was an assistant to Laurence Pinckney and James Saunders, New York City’s popular Black LGBT event promoters, reports Nathan James. Jefferson was also active in New York City’s colorful ballroom community.

“Joseph was truly a sweetheart,” one friend who knew him well tells R20. “Extremely bright and impassioned about social justice causes… It’s such a loss.” The friend, who requests anonymity, adds that Joseph Jefferson seemed in good spirits and “showed no indications of being unusually depressed.”

“As an advocate for LGBT youth, Mr. Jefferson surely made a positive impact on those he met and counseled. But this same nurturing and enrichment he offered to others, was absent in his own life to such a degree, that he felt the only way to deal with the pain of his existence was to end it,” wrote author and activist Nathan James on Facebook.

Joseph Jefferson becomes only the latest young LGBT person to commit suicide in recent weeks. Jefferson also becomes the third Black LGBT youth to commit suicide in three weeks.

At only 26-years-old, Joseph Jefferson was only beginning his journey in life and seemingly had so much to offer the community and other Black gay youth. Will this ever end? Will there ever be hope for young people such as Joseph Jefferson, Aiyisha Hassan, Raymond Chase and Tyler Clementi?

UPDATE: There will be a tribute tonight to Joseph Jefferson at  the “I Love My Boo”  forum at GMHC on West 24th Street in Manhattan!

Wow, I kNew him! He was VeRy much a Supporter of my Movement! Man, I just wish, he was STRONGER! X0X0!

12 responses »

  1. Antonia says:

    @jamacian cutie..first of all you damn coconut…if you want to rep your origin or whatever how about spelling the shit right?? secondly we are talking about a suicide here something that is very serious. I had the misfortune of finding my best friend dead due to a suicide you dont know what type of stress or mental anguish he was going through so for you to call him a punk bitch is just dead ass wrong.
    Now get off this damn blog and get on that line to get a green card dumb whore

    SORRY BIMBO THIS BITCH MADE ME MAD

  2. specialk261 says:

    It’s crazy..i meet him a couple months ago at a friends house and spoke with hima bout his life and his job. I would not have expected this after speaking with him. He was so mature and put together….it’s sooo sad….

  3. sexiyoungin says:

    soo damn sad

  4. jamacian cutie says:

    its sad but…….he is a punk bitch

  5. Ladyvixen says:

    You know If I had a penny for everytime I say Stop the Hate I would be a Billionaire. This world has people who are so full of evil and cold hearted spirits that I just have to wonder what did this person do to you to be so hurtful and hateful? It is too much damn hate!

  6. sexykeya says:

    this is so sad!

  7. Shirley Paul says:

    This is horrible, and it’s unfortunate because he was a support system to someone that needed the strength and now he’s gone. Who will those individuals who need support turn to now? I guess at the end of the day, he needed someone to turn to also. My wish is that one day we’ll be in a place where sexual orientation will not be source of ridicule or gossip. Let’s do better people!!!

  8. adrienne says:

    Had so much life ahead of him.. & he was cute too.. SMH

  9. sktruth says:

    God bless him. This shit is just so sad.

  10. Victoria skinner says:

    I HAVE GAY MEMBERS IN MY FAMILY I LOVE TO DEATH I DON’T THINK I CAN HANDLE IT IF THEY DO SOMETHING TO THEME SELF MY BLESSING GOES OUT TO EVERY ONE WHO LOVED HIM.

  11. d.ashley says:

    Too sad …

  12. MzStillGotIt!!! says:

    This is very sad! He’s my age! My bestfriend/ brother is gay and I love him with ALL my heart! Joseph was a handsome man whom I’m sure was well loved! My Heart goes out to his family and friends…. This Has GOT To STOP!!!!!

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