Filmmaker Charles B. Brack has produced a documentary to remember and examine the hate-crime killing of Sakia Gunn, a lesbian high school student: Film Examines a Newark Hate Crime. The crime took place in Newark in 2003 on the corner of Market and Broad streets.
The film, “<a href=“http://www.sakiagunnfilmproject.com/” Dreams Deferred: The Sakia Gunn Film Project,” highlights the lack of media coverage of Gunn’s tragic slaying, which was largely ignored by the national media, despite its exposure of a deep and ugly bias against the LGBT community.
A documentary recounts the 2003 killing of Sakia Gunn, 15, a lesbian high school student in Newark.
In 2003, Sakia Gunn, a 15-year-old lesbian high school student, was fatally stabbed in downtown Newark by a man who had approached her in the street and made sexual advances to her and her friends, which they declined.
The case, which was prosecuted as a hate crime, drew widespread attention in gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities, though considerably less news coverage than that of Matthew Shepard, the 21-year-old gay college student who was abducted, beaten, tied to a pole and left to freeze to death in Laramie, Wyo., in 1998.