Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2015-07-29
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


  BLACKLINES

Lesbian Teen Killed
2003-06-01

facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


African-American lesbian Sakia Gunn, 15, was the victim of a fatal stabbing May 11 while waiting with four female friends for a bus in her hometown of Newark, N.J. Police say that Gunn, who was returning from a party in Greenwich Village, was attacked by two men who pulled up to the bus stop at 3:30 a.m. and started flirting. After she and her friends rebuffed the advances by telling the men they were gay, a shoving match began, and Gunn was stabbed and the two men fled. Newark police, who have yet to arrest any suspects, said they are treating the incident as a bias crime. Last Tuesday, police obtained an arrest warrant for 29-year-old Richard McCullough after their investigation identified him as one of the two men who fought with Gunn on Mother's Day.

Gunn, a sophomore at West Side High School, was buried Friday. A vigil was held in Newark, followed by a protest at Newark City Hall.

'The local response to this murder has been overwhelming,' said Michael Young, GLAAD's Northeastern regional media manager, 'and it's encouraging to see the Newark community come out in support of this young woman.'

Sakia Gunn was a 10th grader at West Side High School, where she had played guard on the basketball team. She lived in with her grandmother, Thelma Gunn, her legal guardian, and her mother, Latona Gunn.

'I won't know what kind of crime this is until I talk to the guy who did it and he tells me. All I know is that my child is gone now,' said Latona Gunn, 33, according to The New York Times.

In other hate-crime news, the National Latina/o Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Organization issued a statement saying they are 'deeply saddened by the murder in New Haven, Conn., of Jessica, legally known as Horacio Mercado. The victim was found late last week in Mercado's burning apartment, which police say may have been set ablaze to cover up the crime. A stab wound in the neck has been ruled as the cause of death.'

No arrests have been made.

'This murder is another example of the violence that members of the Latina/o LGBT community face, often for simply being who we are,' said Martin Ornelas-Quintero, LLEGĂ" Executive Director. Dozens of reported murders of transgenders have occurred in the U.S. during the last 18 months.

Under anonymity, community members have informed LLEGĂ" that transgenders who knew Jessica are upset and frightened. Many feel unsafe going out, and tenants from Jessica's building are considering relocating. Fear of retaliation is a factor.


facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

ACLU to Gov's Commission: Move from "tough on crime" to smart on crime 2015-07-29
World news: Trans woman killed; Drag queens banned; Rio prisons 2015-07-28
Illinois justice talks marriage 'moment' 2015-07-28
ABA conference July 30-Aug. 4 2015-07-28
Competing trans legal events set to take place in Chicago 2015-07-28
9.5M LGBT adults would be protected under proposed bill 2015-07-28
Lawmakers introduce Equality Act 2015-07-27
Obama makes pro-gay remarks in Kenya 2015-07-26
Federal Nondiscrimination Bill introduced in Congress 2015-07-23
India Clarke, a black transgender woman, killed in Tampa 2015-07-22
3000+ clergy say First Amendment Defense Act means tax-funded discrimination 2015-07-22
Local feminist group marches against rape, gender violence 2015-07-17
Class action suit comes after Walmart denies health coverage to same-sex spouses 2015-07-14
American Bar Association to discuss police misconduct, drones, marijuana 2015-07-14
Man arrested for hate motivated violence resulting in death 2015-07-08
White House protesters; Gay firm has new attorney; Locals in top 40 2015-07-08
Katz named to State Bar Assn Sexual Orientation, Gender ID Committee 2015-07-01
Global homophobia report released 2015-07-01
State Department Report documents LGBT Human Rights Violations 2015-06-30
Texas victim of a hate motivated violence dies 2015-06-30
CPD: 52 arrests related to Pride 2015-06-29
New Jersey jury finds JONAH guilty of consumer fraud 2015-06-26
Trans teen murdered in Alabama 2015-06-24
Lavender Law conference, career fair return in August 2015-06-24
LGBT groups call for removal of Confederate flag from 'public square' 2015-06-24
Report on violence: LGBTQH still disproportionately targeted 2015-06-23
New law follows Berwyn mirror controversy 2015-06-21
Leaders call massacre at historic Black church in Charleston a national tragedy 2015-06-18
REPARATIONS The long battle for police torture survivors 2015-06-17
Equality Florida's statement in support of #BlackLivesMatter 2015-06-12
Lambda condemns religious refusal bills in Michigan and North Carolina 2015-06-11
Trans woman petitions for early release from Elgin facility 2015-06-10
World news: Japanese LGBTIs; clashes in Russia and Ukraine; UKIP banned 2015-06-09
National roundup: Federal guide; Pence's misstep; Stonewall Inn 2015-06-09
Nat'l report out on hate violence against LGBTQ, HIV-affected communities 2015-06-09
Lightfoot named as Chicago Police Board head 2015-06-06
CAPS meeting discusses murder aftermath, parade plans 2015-06-06
THEATER REVIEW Crime Scene: The Next Chapter 2015-06-03
Law student receives fellowship to work on LGBTQ youth issues 2015-06-02
Courage Campaign: CTA aims to discourage harassment via ads 2015-06-02
 



Copyright © 2015 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.