Dean Eastmond, LGBTQ Journalist And Campaigner, Has Died Aged 21

4 September 2017, 19:00 | Updated: 4 September 2017, 20:14

Dean Eastmond
Woodrow Whyte

By Woodrow Whyte

A tribute to Dean Eastmond.

On Sunday morning LGBTQ journalist and activist Dean Eastmond, who shared his journey battling cancer with thousands of readers around the world, passed away at the age of 21-years-old.

Dean’s boyfriend, Adam, announced the news on Twitter yesterday (Sept 3), writing: “This morning the most caring, loving, beautiful person was taken from us. I love you Dean & you, your words & light will shine on forever.”

It was in June 2016 that Dean was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma – a rare soft tissue cancer. Since that point Dean, always with great wit, honesty and bravery, documented his journey on his cancer column, as well as writing for other publications such as The Guardian, Teen Vogue, Vice and The Independent.

 

 

Dean’s life may have been cut tragically short but he achieved far more than many would in several life times. He co-founded the queer magazine HISKIND, led a campaign which brought equality for gay cancer patients and their partners regarding the use of sperm banks, as well as winning an Attitude Pride Award and the ‘Campaigner’ Award at the British LGBT Awards. There are several other shining moments in Dean’s career and more brilliant articles than we can count but, suffice to say, he was a uniquely talented and special individual and he will be remembered for his courageous reporting, determination to fight injustice and the humour and grace he kept while fighting this disease.

Regretfully, mine and Dean’s paths only crossed once yet we’re both from the same town, Weymouth, and went to the same school (though Dean was just starting as I was in my final year). I say this only because it was through an old teacher last summer that I first heard about Dean, who spoke with such enthusiasm about her former student who’d founded his own magazine that I immediately went to follow him on Twitter and became an avid reader of his work. Her pride when speaking about Dean is just one example of the huge sense of gratitude, admiration and love that I and many other people around the world feel for Dean. Inspirational is perhaps a word that gets over-used but he truly was and will continue to be for many, many years.

He will be greatly missed and his contribution to the LGBTQ community will never be forgotten. For anyone wishing to read Dean’s work, I’d encourage you to head over here to find his many amazing articles.

From all of us at PopBuzz, we’d like to extend our love and condolences to Dean’s family, friends and his boyfriend Adam.

Rest in peace, Dean. 

 

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