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NCAVP Mourns the Death of 31-year-old Brian Anderson, a Black gay man in Detroit, MI

NCAVP mourns the death of Brian Anderson, a 31-year-old Black gay man who passed on July 6, 2019, after being targeted by Demetris Nelson (26) through the gay dating app, Grindr. According to media reports, Anderson was an aspiring minister, active member, and praise and worship leader at Steadfast Baptist Church. Friends comment that Anderson had a heart for the poor and sought to make positive change among the youth.

On Twitter, a local church community member says, “The iR.O.C.K Young Adult Family mourn the passing of our kind-hearted and energetic brother Brian Anderson from Detroit, Michigan. Bro. Anderson was a member of the iROCK Praise & Worship Team who always had a distinct way of bonding with others in his section, he will be missed.”

We know it can be hard to read these reports of violence against our communities. If you need support in these difficult times, you can always reach out to your local NCAVP member. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, you can reach our free bilingual national hotline at 212-714-1141 or report online for support.

NCAVP works to prevent, respond to, and end all forms of violence against and within lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and HIV-affected communities. NCAVP is a national coalition of local member programs and affiliate organizations who create systemic and social change. NCAVP is a program of the New York City Anti-Violence Project.