If Tyron is looking down on us from Heaven I hope that he can rest a bit more easier knowing that once his people found out about the situation, they sprang into action.
Here’s the latest…
According to Gay City News, Dennis Coleman, the director of Lambda’s South Central Regional office said that the burial fund had been established by Garner’s private lawyer and that he had solicited funds for it from Lambda’s Texas donors. After he was made aware that the burial had not taken place late on October 17, Coleman learned that Harris County, which had prosecuted Garner for sodomy, had stepped in and done the cremation for free. He said, “Lambda employees with those of the National Black Justice Coalition have pledged to make up any more costs associated with Garner’s remains such as an urn or a burial.” “We’re deeply saddened that he has gone without burial for so long,” he said.
Tyron Garner, was the Black gay plaintiff whose arrest for sodomy in Texas led to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in 2003 that such laws are unconstitutional, died on September 11, 2006.
Thank you to everyone who emailed me asking where to send donations. It makes me feel good to know that there are those of us who still care enough to do the right thing.
And for those that think Black people are cheap, I had several offers to pay for the funeral outright come from our community.
Remember, we’re stronger together and a force to be reckoned with.