Poet, writer, and activist William Brandon Lacy Campos, author of the poetry collection It Ain’t Truth If It Doesn’t Hurt and contributor to the anthology From Macho to Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction, died on Friday night in his apartment in New York, New York. He was 35.  Cause of death is currently unknown.

Rod 2.0 reports:

Celebrated poet, activist and author William Brandon Lacy Campos has died. Campos’ body was discovered in New York City late Friday, according to a Facebook status made by his father. Campos had been HIV positive for the past ten years. He was only 35.

“I am living this life as lovingly as I can be as flawed as I am,” Campos reportedly said in one of his last Facebook messages. “My saving grace is that the God in which I believe has sent me more love than I Could believe my due and that love I have been able to share to u. To u amor.”

[…]Campos was the [former] co-executive director of Queers for Economic Justice and a prominent figure within the nation’s social activist and “artivist” communities. He was also a prolific bloggersocial media personality, poet and author.

Below is a clip of Campos giving a rousing reading of his poem “I Know Him As Joy.”

(Photo via Facebook)


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One Response to “Activist and Poet William Brandon Lacy Campos, 35, has Died”

  1. […] He has already been fondly remembered within the LGBT community at The Advocate, TheBody.com and LambdaLiterary.com. […]



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