The pop singer Kesha announced the death of LGBTQ activist and friend Black Brockway on Instagram, asking people who knew him to send her photos of her friend.
Brockway, an activist who worked in southern states to advance equality, knew a lot of people – and they have responded with a gorgeous array of photos highlighting the young man’s life and the love behind it.
“Animals, Please send me any pictures of Blake you have,” the singer posted on Instagram along with photos of the two of them together. “We’ve lost an angel today.”
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One of the kindest, most beautiful humans I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. Blake has made me want to be a better person. He worked his whole life to help others and find ways to make members of the LGBTQ+ Community feel safe. He helped me feel safe. He was so funny. always kind to everyone. We lost a real life angel today. You will forever be remembered my love.
On Facebook, the photos and tributes also started pouring in. Brockway was on the Board of Governors for the Human Rights Campaign and worked for Equality Florida, touching a lot of lives.
“Anyone lucky enough to know Blake, knows that his heart and passion for the people and things he loves cannot be matched,” his friend Erin Miller posted on a GoFundMe to raise money for his treatment. “He gives everything he can to those in his life, and through his personal and professional activism, to many many more. His impact on all our lives has been huge.”
The fundraiser has since been updated to say the money will be used to cover funeral expenses.