August 2, 2023: Official Statement Demanding Justice For O'Shae Sibley


Demanding Justice for O'Shae Sibley


(White Plains, NY)

It is with profound sadness and outrage that we address the recent tragic loss of O'Shae Sibley, a cherished member of the LGBTQ+ community and a Black gay man whose life was cut short in a senseless act of violence. Our hearts go out to O'Shae's family, friends, and loved ones during this difficult time, and we stand in solidarity with the community as we collectively mourn the loss of one of our own.

The tragic circumstances of his death, brutally stabbed while dancing at a gas station, serve as a stark reminder that hate and violence continue to persist in our society.

We demand justice for O'Shae Sibley. We firmly assert that this heinous act of violence was driven by hatred and prejudice, making it a hate crime. As we grieve, we recognize that we cannot allow this loss to be in vain. We call upon the local authorities and law enforcement agencies to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into this despicable crime and to leave no stone unturned in identifying and apprehending those responsible.

The LGBTQ+ community has long endured acts of violence and discrimination, and this tragedy highlights the ongoing struggles faced by Black LGBTQ+ individuals, who often find themselves at the intersection of multiple forms of oppression. We cannot stand idly by while members of our community are targeted and their lives are cut short due to their sexual orientation, gender identity, or race.

Furthermore, we call on our fellow community members, allies, and advocates to join us in raising awareness about the violence faced by Black LGBTQ+ individuals and the urgent need to combat hate crimes. We must foster an environment where everyone can live authentically and fearlessly, without the threat of violence or discrimination.

As we strive for a world that is accepting, inclusive, and safe for all, we will honor O'Shae Sibley's memory and celebrate his life.

We will work tirelessly to ensure that his death becomes a catalyst for positive change, amplifying the voices of marginalized communities and demanding justice and equity for all.

In memory of O'Shae Sibley and all the lives lost to hate, let us unite in solidarity, compassion, and determination to build a future where everyone can dance freely and joyously, without fear.

Together, we will persevere and create a better, more loving world.